Prini villagers in Manali hold prayers for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health

Manali (Prini): Villagers at the adopted village of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s today celebrated his 89th birthday with great pomp & show.

All the village elders organized a Special Pooja and Havan ceremony at the village center where prayers were held for the health and long life of the veteran and ailing leader.

Thakur Das, head of Prini Village said “Vajpaeeji has done a lot for Himachal Pradesh and all of us have fond memories of his visits”.

Vajpayee had adopted the village long before he was elected the prime minister of the country and has a house in Prini that he used to visit every summers till his health began to deteriorate.

Those who were lucky enough to visit Vajpayeeji in recent years recall that he still enquires about the village neighbours and other near ones in Kullu-Manali valley, says Thakur Das.

Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.

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