Mumbai: As the famous legend goes, Bhakt Pundalik requested Lord Vitthal to wait on a piece of brick as the former was busy taking care of his parents. The story is a part of the folklore. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself announced that he will take the oath to look after all parents in the State, including his own mother, during the ‘Saath Chal’ initiative undertaken by the Sakal Media Group.
During the 21-day annual pilgrimage or the Palkhi procession or Waari, the Sakal Media Group and Finolex Cables have jointly launched the initiative ‘Wari Vithurayachi aani Aai Vadilanchya Sevechi’, which means the pilgrimage to pay obeisance to Lord Vitthal and to take a pledge to look after one’s parents.
Fadnavis has appealed to citizens to participate in this event in a large number. The chief minister said that people from all walks of life, including actors, entrepreneurs and social workers, should step forward to take the oath that they will look after their parents.
On this occasion, many who are taking care of their parents despite facing many challenges will be felicitated at a special ceremony by Fadnavis. He and his wife Amruta would also walk along the Palkhi procession.
Take an oath to look after parents
CM Fadnavis has also appealed to school and college students to take the oath to look after not only their own parents but also other elderly citizens. Fadnavis has asked citizens to share details regarding such oath-taking events through letters or SMSes to his office. He added that he would respond by sending thanks-giving letters, along with ‘prasad’ - food offering - given at Lord Vithhal temple in Pandharpur.