chapter  Chapter 5
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The Beginning, Pilgrims and their Motivations

WithRuma Bose

In 2016, I arrived at Kanjhia shortly before the pilgrimage was scheduled to start on the 15th of September, the full moon night of Bhadon. Contrary to what I had expected, there was little sign in the village of preparations for a pilgrimage that would shortly involve hundreds. Perhaps this was a reflection of how the villagers were feeling after the floods that had destroyed the rice crop. The low lying fields still lay submerged.