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Ganga-jamuni tehzeeb in full display at Kumbh mela

PTI | ARUNAV SINHA
Published : Feb 5, 2019, 2:15 am IST
Updated : Feb 5, 2019, 2:15 am IST

Tashreeful Haque, a 32-year-old two-wheeler mechanic, wore a broad smile as he handed over a glass of sharbat to Kumbh visitors.

Transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and other memebers takes a holy dip at Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj on Monday. (Photo: PTI)
 Transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and other memebers takes a holy dip at Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

Allahabad: With several Muslim youths zealously serving thirst-quenching ‘roohafza sharbat’ to a sea of pilgrims on their long, arduous walks to the Sangam ghats on mauni amawasya, the Kumbh Mela Monday looked like a picture-postcard of communal bonhomie.

And their selfless service to the Kumbh visitors won accolades from the locals, who proudly attributed their act to the famous Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb of the city.

 

Tashreeful Haque, a 32-year-old two-wheeler mechanic, wore a broad smile as he handed over a glass of sharbat to Kumbh visitors.

“The Kumbh is a matter of pride for our city and we are offering water mixed with roohafza (a popular sweet syrup) to Kumbh visitors so that they can quench their thirst,” said Mr Haque.

“I am sure a glass of sharbat would add to their sweet memories to their Kumbh visits,” he added.

Another bike mechanic, 28-year-old Saif, said five two-wheeler mechanics, all Muslim youths have put up drinking water stalls for devotees visiting the Kumbh on mauni amawasya, the busiest day for taking the holy dip in the Sangam.

 

Other Muslim youths, Haseen Ansari, Faisal Khan and Shahbaaz Khan, all manning water stalls, too were seen serving zealously water and sharbat to visitors. Lauding the Muslim youths’ novel effort, Ashit Neogy, a local businessman who too has set up a drinking water stall, said, “Prayagraj is a city of devotion and faith and the Kumbh is a mega event of the faith.”

“The work done by us transcends the narrow lines of caste, creed and religion. We are offering water to each and everyone coming to our stall put up at Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Allahabad, now named Prayagraj,” he said.

“In fact, I was amazed, when some of the Muslim youth approached me and requested that a drinking water stall should be put up for convenience of devotees who had to walk miles to reach the Sangam and other bathing ghats,” Mr Neogy explained.

 

He said a number of food stalls and free community  kitchens too have been put up across the Sangam city on the occasion of mauni amawasya.    

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