Ujjain : Vaishnavite saints, mainly members of Ramadal Akhada, on Monday gave a round to the Peshwayi route, to be held during the Simhastha Fair. The saint community got fumed over unchecked encroachment growing on both sides of the route and lashed out at the officials for laxity, over the years. Officials of Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) and other civic departments accompanied the seers in their management visit.
Peshwayi is kind of a royal procession held by the Akhadas during the Shahi Snana (Royal Bath) in the Simhastha Fair. The Akhadas observe the ritual as a pivotal event, to show their grandeur and glory. The route used by the seers of Ramadal Akhada starts from Ankpat road located Akhada premises and spans through the areas of, Nikas Chowk, Kanthal Chowk, Gopal Mandir, Gudri Chowk, Kaharwadi, and culminates at Ramghat where seers take the Royal bath.
President of Ramadal Akhada Parishad, Dr Rameshwar Das informed that the encroachment on both sides of the Peshwayi route, over the years has narrowed down the path and will certainly hamper the procession flow. The authorities of UMC were peeping sideways over the questions of the saints on overflowing drainages, hanging wires, rickety structures, and improper parking of the vehicles on the roads.
Additional Commissioner UMC, Vishal Singh Chouhan, who was leading the officials, was instructed by the seers for accurate arrangements at the route from Gudri Chowk to Kaharwadi. The latter road section is very narrow due to old structures and raised platform of the shops in the area.
Saint community put up demand of beautification of Ankpaat Road and Khak Chowk, over which Chouhan apprised the seers that, the works have been sanctioned and are under progress, soon the whole area will be rejuvenated. Mahants Balramdas, Radhey-Radhey Baba, Gyandas, Digvijaydas and Kashidas participated in the inspection.