Day 382 | 28 January 2016 | From Jain Mandir, Firozabad to Tundla Toll | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • 1.Trying-their-best-to-keep-away-the-buffeting-cold-winds!,-Firozabad,-UP
  • The 180-tonne Bahubali statue at Mahavir Jinalay - Ferozabad
    2.The-180-ton-Bahubali-Statue-at-Mahavir-Jinalay,-Firozabad,-UP
  • The message spreads far and wide - Ferozabad
    3.The-message-spreads-far-and-wide!,-Firozabad,-UP
  • 4.The-vexing-opposites!,-Highspeed-communication-&-abject-poverty!,-Firozabad,-UP
  • Yatris file past the milestone to Agra
    5.Yatris-file-past-the-teasing-milestone-once-again!,-NH2,-Firozabad,-UP
For most of the K2K (Kashmir to Kanyakumari) padayatris, a countdown is in progress. Having completed 381 days on the Walk of Hope, the last lap of 100 days is on! It sure is a phase of mixed emotions.

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For some, it is a feeling of "not so soon, please"; for some, it is the thought of a welcome reunion with family they have been missing for long and for others, it is making plans for an after-the-Walk scenario. On a 'not-so-cold' day, the yatris set out on a regular highway walk of 13 kilometres. The start was from the impressive Mahavir Jinalay, situated a short distance from their place of stay. The Jinalay has well spread out lawns and a larger-than-life size Mahavir idol. A 180-ton Bahubali Statue stands majestically at the back of the Jinalay compound. The trustee of the Jinalay explained that it took 3 months to bring it from Karkala, Karnataka by train at a subsidized freight charge of 35 lakhs! Hardly a kilometre away from the Jinalay stands the tomb of Firoz Shah, the Mansabdar of this area under Emperor Akbar, after whom this area got its present name. The walk today was as such uneventful but for a stopover at Laser Glass Industries where the yatris were served delicious snacks and tea.

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