Dedicated to Hanuman, the festival of Bada Mangal is said to be Lucknow’s symbol of communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims. Ramesh Avadhani, who recently moved to Lucknow, shares his discovery of the festival in the streets of the capital city of Uttar Pradesh.
It was a sea of humanity in quest of salvation as nearly seven million devotees, many from outside India, Monday participated in the ‘shahi snan’, the royal bath, of the six-yearly Hindu festival of Ardh Kumbh at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers, here.
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