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S. Harpal Singh
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Jaipur’s Raju Nath is currently on ‘Bharat Bhraman’ yatra on his bicycle

Weary traveller:Raju Nath taking rest by the side of the NH 7 near Seetagondi in Adilabad district.— PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH
Weary traveller:Raju Nath taking rest by the side of the NH 7 near Seetagondi in Adilabad district.— PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH

Jahan sham, vahin makam ,” (camping wherever it is nightfall) is what Jaipur’s Raju Nath does while on his cycle yatras across the country. He strongly believes that one should only be focussed about the objective on hand to attain success and comforts and niceties in life could serve as a distraction.

A sadhu rooted in his faith and of course, wanderlust, Raju Nath is currently on the ‘Bharat Bhraman’ yatra or tour of the nation on his bicycle. Destined for Kanyakumari, he was found asleep by the side of the picturesque Mekalagandi section of the NH 7 in Adilabad district. .

“I just lean my cycle on the guard stones and spread my mat by the side of the road before signing off for the night in winter and summer months. I do not bother about thieves as I hardly carry any precious luggage,” says the ardent devotee of Lord Shiva who has already made eight yatras to the holy Manimahesh Lake in the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh and six visits to the famous Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

Adilabad is located on the northern fringes of Andhra Pradesh and is considered to be the gateway, or vice versa depending on the direction one is headed towards, to the South. Many yatras, a majority of them by peaceniks and others concern awareness on subjects like AIDS pass through the district every year.

Some of those which can be categorised as unique efforts are remembered for a long time by locals like the 2005 visit of Brahmachari, a youth from Madhya Pradesh who took his mother on pilgrimages carrying her on a balance-like contraption balanced on his shoulder.

Rana Sangram Singh passed through this place in January 2008 on his way to Rameswaram from Ayodhya on foot to oppose dismantling of the mythical Ramsetu bridge. There was the biker dou M. Aseem and Ashish Kumar from Karnataka spreading awareness on the need to save the great cat.


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