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Chinese gift of Mansarovar water enriches Shahi Snan

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis performs puja during the Shahi Snan at Mahakumbh in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik, on Friday.— Photo: PTI

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis performs puja during the Shahi Snan at Mahakumbh in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik, on Friday.— Photo: PTI  

In a gift by the Chinese government, water from the Mansarovar Lake was poured into the Godavari river on the last Shahi Snan of Simhastha Kumbh Mela on Friday.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis poured the water from a copper vessel. “Holy water diplomacy is an initiative by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and People’s Republic of China.

The uniting of two waters will bring together two cultures and this historic moment has made Simhasta Kumbh 2015, a memorable one,” Mr. Fadnavis tweeted later. Chinese Embassy officials and Sudheendra Kulkarni of the ORF were present.

The gesture follows Mr. Fadnavis’s tour to China along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May. The Maharashtra government had showcased “Make in Maharashtra” in China, and invited investments from Chinese companies and banks.

The Bank of China plans to open a branch in Mumbai soon, and its delegation had met Mr. Fadnavis this week. At least five Chinese infrastructure companies have teamed up with Indian companies to bid for the 33.5-km Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-III project costing Rs. 23,136 crore. Thousands of pilgrims participated in the Shahi Snan.



Thousands of pilgrims participate in the last Shahi Snan of Kumbh Mela



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