Ahead of the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony for Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on January 22, approximately 50,000 copies each of revered religious texts, the Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kand, will be distributed among prisoners in all 72 district jails, sub jails, and central prisons across Uttar Pradesh.
Dharamveer Prajapati, the State Prisons Minister, highlighted the initiative to live stream the Pran Pratishtha event at all jails, aiming to ensure prisoners' participation in this significant ceremony. He emphasized the long-standing tradition of providing devotional and religious literature to inmates, noting the recent surge in demand for these texts among prisoners. Consequently, an order for 50,000 copies of the Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kand has been placed with Gita Press, Gorakhpur.
The Minister expressed the belief that engaging in the recitation of these hymns and studying these texts would contribute positively to the prisoners' personal development, aiding them in leading better lives upon completing their sentences.
The Hanuman Chalisa, comprising 40 verses praising Lord Hanuman, and the Sundar Kand, the Ramayana's fifth chapter where Hanuman takes the central role, hold significant spiritual importance.
Special provisions are being made in jails to enable inmates to watch the live streaming of the Pran Pratishtha event. Prajapati emphasized the uniqueness of the event, encouraging nationwide participation, including prisoners.
The Minister underscored the positive impact that the recitation and contemplation of these religious and devotional texts can have on prisoners' behavior. This effort aligns with Prajapati's ongoing promotion of such activities among inmates statewide. Previously, he directed the playing of the Gayatri Mantra and Mahamritunjaya Mantra in jail barracks, aiming to foster a spiritually conducive environment within correctional facilities.
(With Agency Inputs)