Kosi, 2011.09.18 (AU, DJ, HT): Arriving with thousands of sadhus, Kathia Baba yatra entered the town of Kosikalan and were greeted by the local residents with showers of flowers. They are being quartered for the night in several schools of the Ramlila Maidan and Gangwan neighborhood.
Arriving on Saturday, in the evening, on the order of Rashbihari Kathia Baba, they went on procession through the town, dancing and singing to the accompaniment of kirtan and brass band.
They went through the town’s Sarifa Bazaar, Bhena Bazaar, Ghantaghar, the old G.T. Road, past the Gayalal Smriti Bhavan to return to the Ramlila Maidan. At each stop, the local residents showered the sadhus with flower petals and the presence of so many sadhus created an intensely spiritual atmosphere.
The procession was preceded by the temple sports committee (Mandir Akhara), whose members demonstrated various martial arts like snake sword play, stick and wooden swordplay, etc., under the direction of Vishnu Pandit.
The Kosi merchants’ association had arranged for a chappan bhog offering and then served a bhandara feast to the sadhus in Ramlila Maidan.
Only local businessmen and volunteers came forth to greet the sadhus and local administration officials were present neither organizationally or financially.