Bum bole – The ritual that cleanses might as well choke

Vijay running along NH-2 with a Wooden stick handles the traffic much better than the traffic police at least he thinks he can. At times he smiles to the people who obstructs his path and most of the times impertinent to them. He screams out his fellow on the far end of the road to ensure his readiness -the kavad is coming for your turn.

The relay kavad ” baag kavad” by name , is one which the bearer has to keep running till destination – the village or area from which he started his holy Journey. The kavad ritual is practised meticulously in northern India. Rooting from ancient India this ritual might not be comparable to city cult anymore. Although the ritual had initially started in peace ” kavad carried by bearer on shoulders of each and offering the mother Ganga water to his holiness shiva” , the adulterated ritual now is choking up the streets , menacing the public and to the extreme differences in communities.

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