Niira Radia looks for peace , solace in Badrinath

Dehra Dun : After being in the limelight in the 2G scam and recently having announced her decision to quit consultancy services, the much talked and written about Niira Radia is looking for solace from the rat race of the corporate world And seeking peace in the Badrintah shrine in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand.

She made her third trip to the shrine of Lord Vishnu in a matter of two months, when she reached there on Wednesday in a private helicopter accompanied by her family members. After participating in the early morning prayers at the shrime, she also participated in the ‘dhaam’ (community feast) and thereafter was seen at all the special prayers conducted in the sanctum sanctorum during the day.

It may be mentioned here that Badrinath is one of the four major shrines in the Uttarakhand hills. The other three being Kedarnath – abode of Lord Shiva; Yamnotri – source of the river Yamuna and Gangotri – just below the source of the river Ganga at Gau Mukh.

A peculiarity of the Badrinath temple is that the sesame oil used in the main ‘diya’ (lamp) at the sanctum sanctorum is taken out of the sesame seeds by ladies of the royal Tehri family. Another feature was that the ‘rajya abhishek’ (coronation) of the king of the erstwhile Tehri state was done by the main priest of the temple and the main priest was also appointed by the erstwhile maharaja of the Tehri state.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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