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Maharajganj (UP): A French family stranded at a village right here for over a month due to the COVID-19 lockdown is getting to know the native lifestyle, together with day by day visits to the temple.

Motor mechanic Patrice Pallarez, his spouse Virginie, daughters Ophelie and Lola and son Tom have been on a multi-nation journey, travelling and sleeping in their camper, once they have been grounded at Maharajganj’s Singhorwa village on March 21.

The authorities had sealed the Nepal border even earlier than the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic was declared.

The 5 now keep in the camper parked close to the Shiv Ramjanaki temple and are regulars there, the priest mentioned.

The family folds fingers and greets others with ‘Ram-Ram, Sita-Ram’. They come day by day to the temple throughout the dawn and sundown prayers and take part in chanting mantras and worshipping the deities,” priest Udairaj mentioned.

Their dedication is shocking as they chant ‘Om Namah Shivay’ day by day and likewise pray to the deities to eradicate coronavirus from the world, he mentioned.

They now principally eat dal-rice and rotis, he mentioned.

Earlier they weren’t ready to combine with us. But now they’ve developed a liking for Indian tradition and have develop into part of the village, he added.

Sanjay, a person from the neighbouring village, talks to them in English they usually say that they are going to proceed worshipping Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh and Hanuman even after returning residence, in accordance to the priest.

Pallarez mentioned they’ve picked up Hindi. We can now perceive what the native individuals say,” he mentioned.

The French family mentioned it’s overwhelmed by the villagers’ hospitality. ”We are like their family members,” he mentioned.

The travellers and the villagers observe social distancing and put on masks once they work together, native residents mentioned.

Nautanwa sub divisional Justice of the Peace Jasveer Singh mentioned the family from Toulouse in France is on tour since February.

They have been about to enter Nepal when the border was sealed. So they stayed shut to the village temple, close to the Laxmipur forest.

The administration is offering them groceries and different important commodities, they usually have been discovered wholesome throughout a medical check-up, the SDM mentioned

Travelling on their home-on-wheels, the 5 entered India from Pakistan’s Wagah border.

They additionally deliberate to go to Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia earlier than heading again residence.

”We have no idea if we will now full our tour, Pallarez mentioned.

“Let’s see.”