KOLKATA: If you live in India and there is no divine riger Ganges near you and you want Gangajal, don’t worry. You can buy it now at government-owned and managed Indian Post Offices. Ganga water from Rishikesh being sold at Rs. 15 for 200 ml and Rs. 22 for 500 ml, according to India media reports.
Water from the river Ganga is considered holy by Hindus, the closer to the source of the river, the purer. So ever since Sunday, when post offices started selling “Gangajal” across the country, the bottles are flying off the shelves, reported India’s NDTV.
Kolkata’s historic GPO or General Post Office, which sold mostly stamps since 1865, has suddenly discovered a new hot cake: bottles of water from Rishikesh, 300 km from the river head Gangotri, according to NDTV.
“Everything sold out in two hours. We got 50 bottles, gone in two hours,” said a postal department worker manning the counter at the GPO’s ‘shoppe’ Sheuli. A customer stood forlorn at the counter. “I came to buy some ‘gangajal’ but I am told all sold out. I have to wait,” said Bupesh Jain as reported by NDTV.