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JSPL Foundation serves food, drinking water to over 3 lakh devotees during Rath Yatra in Puri



JSPL Foundation, the CSR arm of Jindal Steel & Power, offered service to more than 3.30 lakh devotees during the world famous Rath Yatra festival in Puri.

In coordination with the District Administration, the Foundation provided freshly cooked traditional Odia meals (Rice, Dalma, Khajur Khata), chilled drinking water, and glucose packets during the grand festival.

The service by JSPL Foundation, under the guidance of its Chairperson Shallu Jindal commenced on Netrostav Day on June 30 and continued till Suna Besha on July 10. With the support of local volunteers, the Foundation provided over 3.30 lakh hot-cooked pure vegetarian meals which included rice, dalma (medley of lentils and vegetables) and khatta (chutney made from tomatoes, jaggery and dates) in a special stall at Bus Stand, near Gundicha Temple in Puri.

“We are ever obliged for the Divine grace of Lord Jagannath for giving us the opportunity to serve the devotees during the grand festival of Rath Yatra at Puri.  We always believe that ‘Service to Mankind is Service to God’. May Mahaprabhu Jagannath, the Lord of the Universe, bless mankind with good health and peace across the world,” said JSPL Foundation Chairperson Shallu Jindal.

JSPL Foundation also distributed 10,000 packets of glucose among the devotees at the Grand Road on Rath Yatra day; and provided 1,000 raincoats to the district administration for use by various frontline government employees on duty during the festival.

Besides, the Foundation also provided chilled drinking water from a refrigerated mobile drinking water tanker of 1000-litre capacity to the devotees throughout the festival days. The drinking water service continued at the Badadanda (Grand Road) throughout the festival from the day of Netrostav.

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