Padayatra (Hindi, lit. journey by foot) is a journey undertaken by a politician(s) and/or prominent citizen(s) to interact more closely with different parts of society, educate about issues concerning them, and galvanize his or her supporters. Pada Yatras or 'Foot pilgrimages' are also Hindu religious pilgrimages undertaken towards sacred shrines or pilgrimage sites.
Mahatma Gandhi originated the padayatra with his famous Salt march to Dandi in 1930. In the winter of 1933-34, Gandhi went on a countrywide padayatra against untouchability. Later Gandhian Vinoba Bhave also started a padyatra, which was part of his Bhoodan movement in 1951. Prominent padayatras have been undertaken by: Chandra Shekhar Singh; Nara Chandrababu Naidu, former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh state, who at the age of 62 years had covered 1700 kilometres as of 20Jan2013 and committed to covering the entirety of Andhra Pradesh; Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who did a three month long padyatra covering 1475 kilometres, meeting people across state Andhra Pradesh; and Rajagopal, PV, who in Janadesh 2007 led 25,000 landless peasants on a 28 day march from Gwalior to Delhi. In 1986, Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh started padayatras through villages of Rajasthan, promoting construction and revival of johads and check dams. 
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