Today is Makar Sankranti, Justice Katju remembers Prayag

Makar Sankranti Uttarayana Festival
makar sankranti uttarayana festival

Today is Makar Sankranti, one of the main bathing days at the Sangam ( confluence of rivers ) in Allahabad ( Prayagraj ), my native town.

Sometimes I cry when I read these lines of the great Urdu poet Munawwar Rana ( in his book Mohajirnama, which expresses the anguish of the mohajirs who had migrated to Pakistan ) :

”Woh sangam ka ilaaqa chhoota ?

Ya chhod aaye hain ?”.

They describe my anguish too, since I left Allahabad ( where I had spent most of my life ) permanently in 2004 on being appointed Chief Justice of Madras High Court.

Goswami Tulsidas has written in Ramcharitmanas :

”Ko kahi sakai Prayag prabhau

Kalush punj kunjar mrigrau”

i.e.

”Who can tell the greatness of Prayag ?

 It destroys all sins, like a lion which kills an elephant.”

Justice Markandey Katju

हमें गूगल न्यूज पर फॉलो करें. ट्विटर पर फॉलो करें. वाट्सएप पर संदेश पाएं. हस्तक्षेप की आर्थिक मदद करें

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Justice Markandey Katju
Markandey Katju is an Indian jurist and former Supreme Court judge of India who served as chairman of the Press Council of India. He is the founder and patron of the Indian Reunification Association (IRA), an organisation that advocates for the peaceful reunification of what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh with India under a secular government.

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