Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:31:08 GMT

President set to offer prayers to Durga at family home



Suri (WB), Oct 18 (PTI) Protocol has made way for tradition it seems at Miriti, where President Pranab Mukherjee will worship his family deity, Devi Durga, at his ancestral house in West Bengal''s Birbhum district beginning Sunday.

Though the matter of protocol is more important this time, the President will take part in all puja rituals, according to his family and the district administration.

Arrangements have been made accordingly, but some change may take place finally, when probably for the first time, a President will worship his family deity as a priest.

The first citizen will reach Miriti, around 240 km from Kolkata on October 19 by helicopter and will stay till October 23, District Magistrate Jagdish Prasad Meena said.

Barring one or two times during the around five decades of political life Mukherjee has arrived in Miriti every year to offer puja to his family deity.

Despite being a very important minister of the central government then, Mukherjee has always spent the four days of the pujas in his ancestral house as a family member.

Mukherjee has been very sincere to the tradition established by his grandfather Jangaleswar Mukherjee. MORE PTI COR PC AMD

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