Keonjhar (Odisha): This is a story of a voluntary courier service that thrives, not on money but faith. The administration of the Maa Tarini Devi Temple in Keonjhar has started a unique bus service to collect offerings from devotees.
52-year-old Kautake Dehuri is a devotee of Goddess Maa Tarini'. She wants to offer a coconut at her temple. But for this, she doesn't need to travel to 'Maa Tarini' temple at Ghatagaon in Keonjhar district of Odisha, many miles away from her village. All she has to do is just stand on the main road with her offering in hand. The next bus on its way to Keonjhar will pick it up and deliver it to the temple.
"I am sure the coconut will reach the 'Maa Tarini' temple safely. We have all faith on the Goddess,'' says Kautake Dehuri.
A bus arrives, and the driver takes Kautake's offering. He places it alongside several other coconuts taken from devotees across Odisha, all destined to reach 'Maa Tarini' temple. If the temple is not on the route, then the coconuts are handed over to other bus drivers heading towards Keonjhar or are dropped off at designated collection boxes. There are smaller temples of Maa Tarini across Bihar, and all such temples also serve as collection points for these coconuts. ...more
12:07 PM, Jun 12, 2012