Past the statue of Rashtravir Durgasas Rathod - Ferozabad
Inside the Bade Gurudwara - Firozabad
The walk started on a sunny morning and the padayatris were happy to be walking with the sun overhead. The first few kilometers went by like a breeze on the highway and the first tea stop arrived. The hot cup of chai by the side of the highway next to local shops at Asafabad was a welcome treat for all. In fact, some of the shopkeepers on hearing of the yatra and its objectives brought biscuits on the spot and even took the trouble of serving it to everyone.
There's something about the exercise of walking. It’s slow pace, sense of freedom and, of course, the security of walking in a group improves one's skills of observation and heightens one's perceptions. Now imagine the delight of walking through the city of bangles with bangles of every shape and colour, even ones without any colour, waiting to be dyed! Some women padayatris had to give in to their temptation and ran across to make quick purchases.
The Walk took a break for some delicious samosas and chai in 'kullads' arranged by local organisers before resuming once again. The next stop was at Bade Gurdwara, Firozabad. As at every Gurdwara, the padayatris were welcomed with much affection here as well. They identified with the message of oneness that Sri M is instilling through the Walk of Hope. The Raagis sang verses from the Guru Granth Sahib and recited a prayer for the yatra to reach Kashmir without any hitches. After taking the 'kada prasad', the yatris were given freshly-made Chai and biscuits.
The walk then proceeded through the city and ended at a hotel in Firozabad, where the yatris will be staying for the next couple of nights.