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Amitabh visits Ajmer Sharif after 40 years

Actor Amitabh Bachchan at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer on Monday.  

Actor Amitabh Bachchan visited Ajmer Sharif on Monday to untie a sacred thread tied by him 40 years ago.

The 68-year-old actor paid homage at the dargah in the afternoon amidst a huge crowd of about 20,000 people.

Mr. Bachchan, who is set to become a grandfather soon, said he decided to make the trip after a long—wished prayer came true.

“On my way to Ajmer Sharif... was there almost 40 years ago... so much has changed since for me... reason enough to thank and pray,” Mr. Bachchan wrote on a social networking website.

“To fulfil a “ mannat' [wish] made more than 40 years ago... to untie a ‘dhaga' that I had tied!” he said.

Mr. Bachchan entered the dargah from the Solah Khamba gate instead of the main entrance to avoid the crowd but the dargah was already packed with his fans.

He offered a chaddar to the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and walked to Asthana Sharif (nearby tomb) with a basket of chaddar on his head. After paying his homage, the actor left for Jaipur.

When questioned by Twitter fans whether the “mannat” was for a grandchild, Mr. Bachchan wrote: “People asking if ‘mannat' is for grandchild... NO! use your sense... 40 years ago I will ask this mannat?? silly... its personal.”


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