Gaya: Several foreigners hailing from far off places like Germany, Russia and Spain have thronged Gaya this year for paying tributes to their ancestors during the ongoing Pitrapaksha fair. A group of 18 foreigners from Germany, Russia and Spain arrived recently at Gaya, where they stayed over for the next couple of days for conducting ‘Pinddaan’. They joined several others who had converged at Gaya for the fair.
The famous annual Pitrapaksha fair, which began last Tuesday, will continue till September 20. The visitors said they had heard a lot about the ritual and felt inspired to visit Gaya to pay respect to the departed souls of their near and dear ones.
KriucovAnantolalla of Russia said, “I have come here to seek peace for my husband, family and the country. I had heard about the festival of worshipping ancestors at Gaya and this inspired me to come here,” she said.
Anna Baron of Germany said things were not quite right back home for her and her family which was why she came to Gaya to tide over the crisis.
On instruction of Magadh Commissioner Jitendra Shrivastava, the Gaya district administration welcomed the foreigners at the Railway station by garlanding them on Thursday.
Elaborate arrangements have been made for the ongoing Pitrapaksha fair on behalf of the Bihar government. An estimated 10 lakh people, including foreigners, are expected to throng the Pitrapaksha.