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devout devotee of that great Master. BABA told the Rajah that having sincerely served such a Master as Tajuddin he had nothing to worry about.

 

On Sunday, January 4th, BABA and his men left Nagpur for Allahabad by slow passenger train. In order to ensure proper third-class accommodations they had to board the train as soon as it touched the platform. Their chief hosts at Nagpur , other families, and numerous local workers and devotees thronged round the carriages till the last minute. For not less than an hour and a half BABA had to bear the uncomfortable burden of at least thirty pounds of garlands round his neck. People love to see him garlanded and "spiritual nuisance" is not a bad term for the first flush of love on the part of devotees for a Master.

 

 

PART SIX: INCOGNITO TRIP TO ALLAHABAD .

 

On leaving Nagpur , BABA and his group of disciples spent a tiresome and cramped journey of thirty-six hours on the train to Allahabad. They traveled third-class as BABA usually prefers all to be near him on his travels instead of dispersed in different compartments.

 

BABA'S stay of five days in Allahabad was spent as in Khuldabad divided between being with his men and in contacting masts and saintly souls.

 

BABA and his men were among the host of pilgrims who flocked to this city during the pilgrimage season known as the Kumbha-Mela (Religious Fair which takes place every twelve years in Allahabad ). Already a multitude of pilgrims and sadhus (seekers, monks and mendicants) had begun to pour into Allahabad. Ganges and Jumna, the famous rivers, embrace the city in joining each other here. The junction is only a mile or so from the city proper, and it is popularly called Triveni Sangam or the triple junction, as, according to Hindu traditions it is believed to be a symbolical junction of three rivers.

 

The river bank is mainly covered with military establishments and a network of separate encampments for the sadhus and holy men belonging to the different cults and castes gathered here in thousands from all parts of the country on these particular occasions, besides the huts of those who live there permanently.

 

The greater part of the day was spent by BABA and his men in seeking our the masts in the city, bowing down to the sadhus and saintly men at the riverside, and paying visits to different Dargahs and Samadhis . In short,

 

 

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