Day 329 | 6 December 2015 | From Dramanganj to Belan Barondha | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • 1.A-wannabe-
  • Garlands galore at the starting point - Dramanganj
    2.Once-again,-garlands-galore-at-our-start-point,-Dramanganj,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • A short chat with the villagers over tea -Dramanganj
    3.Short-chat-with-the-villagers-over-tea-&-biscuits,-Dramanganj,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 4.This-girl-has-the-built-and-looks-kitted-out-to-be-a-gymnast!!,-Dramanganj,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 5.The-yoke-serves-as-the-ladder-and-mud-serves-as-the-putty,-Maheshpur,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • A slow start to the day - Mirzapur
    6.Sunday-and-it-is-getting-colder!-hence-a-slow-start-to-the-day!!,-Maheshpur,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 7.A-pleasant-walk-along-the-misty,-tree-lined-Rewa-Road,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • The womenfolk out to greet the padayaatris - Mirzapur
    8.The-womenfolk-of-Maheshpur-get-together-to-greet-the-Yatris,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • May the Lord's peace be with you - Maheshpur
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  • 10.The-whole-brood-is-out-to-watch-the-Yatra_-the-house-has-a-funny-chappal-stand-too!!,-Maheshpur,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 11.Thank-God,-Sri-M-did-not-see-the-Pinjara-(bird-cage)!!,-Nari-Katdhari,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 'Bless me Baba' - a moving plea from an old gentleman - Nari Katdhari
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  • 13.A-contraption-to-separate-the-grain-from-the-chaff,-Belan-Barondha,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • Deep devotion that transcends everything - Belan Barondha
    14.Deep-devotion-occurs-so-naturally-to-these-simple-village-folk!,-Belan-Barondha,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 15.This-boy-sure-is-spunky,-Belan-Barondha,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 16A-dwelling-as-close-to-nature-as-can-be,-Rewa-Road,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • Fresh fish ! - Rewa Road
    17.Fresh-fish-from-the-Belan-river,-anyone!!,-Rewa-Road,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 18.A-detour-to-enter-the-streets-of-Belan-Barondha,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • A short satsang at Panchayat Office - Belan Barondha
    19.Short-Satsang-at-Panchayat-Office,-Belan-Barondha,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • WOH Day 329 - Dramanganj to Belan Barondha
    20.WOH-Day-329,-Dramanganj-to-Belan-Barondha,-Mirzapur,-UP
  • 15.This-boy-sure-is-spunky,-Belan-Barondha,-Mirzapur,-UP
The morning saw a considerable drop in temperature. Steaming cups of tea, served in kullads or earthen pots, came to the rescue of the walkers. In spite of the biting cold in the morning, around a hundred villagers joined the Walk. Over the last few days, the Walk has seen spontaneous interactions with simple villagers, welcoming Sri M with all their heart, sharing their problems with him and seeking his blessings.

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Enroute, the Walk stopped at a Durga Mandir, situated on the banks of the river Sevti. Braving the cold and the dusty roads, the Walkers are getting a taste of the varied terrains in the true sense of the word. A little ahead, Sri M was greeted by women and children of a local village, followed by breakfast. Such intermittent stops help ease the fatigue of walking long stretches and also serve as meeting points with locals, who are curious to see visitors dressed in white, flags in hand, quietly spreading the message of peace. The walk ended at Belan Barondha Panchayat with Sri M addressing the locals. He explained the objectives of the Asha Yatra, under the aegis of the Manav Ekta Mission, and its intent of viewing mankind as one, without paying heed to religion, region, caste etc. Quoting Kabirdas, he said, ‘Paani tera budbuda, Us manas ki jaat….Dekhat hi chup jaayega, Jyun taara parbhat’ Sri M drove home the point of the futility of wasting one’s time and energy in fights. From time immemorial, Indians have been known to welcome anyone who has landed here, with open arms. The Yaatra has been going from one place to another, from small villages to big cities, trying to spread the message of universal brotherhood and harmony. If this message is spread all over the country in a friendly and congenial manner, it would ensure that Bhaarat emerged stronger, united and indestructible. With that ended his short but effective speech.

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