Hyderabad, Jan 10: A Charan Paduka(Kathau) of Lord Ram according to Ramayan, was a sacred thing for Bharat. He worshipped it as an embodiment of his beloved elder brother Ram, at the time of his exile.
Since then a pair of Kathaus has been a great offering for the Lords and Gods.
With the same belief, a hexagenarian man from Hyderabad embarked on a 8000-kilometre walk to Ayodhya, carrying gold-plated Khadaun 'charan paduka' (footwear) with him ahead of the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony of the Ram Temple scheduled on January 22.
While walking for the Ramlala shrine, Challa Srinivas Sastry on Tuesday said that he is retracing the Ayodhya-Rameswaram route, mirroring Lord Rama's 'Vanavas' (exile) journey and will reach Ayodhya rightly before the consecration ceremony of the Lord Ram.
"I have made this 'charan paduka' using 8 kg silver and got it coated with gold. I am walking on the route that Lord Ram had passed through while coming from Ayodhya to Panchabati and the next destination to Rameswar," Shastry said.
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He further said that he will hand over this 'charan paduka' to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath before it is offered to the Ram Temple Trust.