BHUBANESWAR (REUTER) - Mahatma Gandhi`s great grandson prepared on Tuesday to take the purported ashes of modern India`s founding father out of a bank vault on a final pilgrimage to the Ganges River. Tushar Arun Gandhi told Reuters in the eastern state of Orissa that he would lay claim to a box holding his forefather`s ashes at a state-owned bank and take it on a procession through the streets of the state capital Bhubaneswar. On Tuesday evening, the sealed wooded box would be placed on a podium in a special railway carriage, which would then leave on a 19-hour train ride through four states to the banks of the mighty Ganges, the Hindu religion`s most sacred river. The ashes were to be immersed in the Ganges at Allahabad city on January 30, the 49th anniversary of the assassination of the Mahatma. After a fast and much media attention, Tushar Arun Gandhi won control in November of the box, which had lain in a vault in the State Bank of India in Cuttack town, near Bhubaneswar, since 1950. "No Hindu will ever like the ashes of his forefathers to be kept in a museum let alone a bank locker," he said. "Which is why I had to battle it out." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu fanatic on January 30, 1948, five months after India, spurred by the apostle of non-violence, won independence from Britain. He was cremated in Delhi, and his ashes were distributed across the nation for traditional immersions. The box contains an urn which measures 18 inches by 18 inches by 20 inches (45 cm by 45 cm by 50 cm) and bears the inscription "It contains the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi". But the state`s chief minister has called the claims that the box contains Gandhi`s ashes "a big hoax". Government officials in Allahabad were making feverish preparations to keep Gandhi`s ashes in the government`s Circuit House building. The ashes of Nathuram Godse, Gandhi`s killer, have never been immersed. His relatives say he had wanted his remains to be scattered over the Indus river, which flows through what is now Pakistan, when it again becomes part of India. Both Godse and Gandhi had opposed the partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947, although for different reasons. Gandhi`s great grandson had hoped to take the ashes across the country before immersing them in the Ganges. The itinerary would have taken the ashes to sites linked to Gandhi`s non-violent campaign against British rule. But a state judge ordered him to take the ashes straight to Allahabad. There, in a Hindu ceremony led by Gandhi`s great grandson, the ashes were to be immersed on Thursday at the holy confluence of the Ganges with the Jamuna River and their mythical tributary, the Saraswati River. The ashes will be displayed for people to pay homage from 8.30 a.m (0300 GMT) on Thursday until 1 p.m. when the urn will be taken in a procession on a 10-km (six-mile) journey to the Sangam, officials said.