Images of India : Sacred threads link two faiths…

Sacred-threads-link-two-faiThe Sangam (union) of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati is what Allahabad is most famous for. But there’s another kind of unity that people of this city are quietly proud of. For many decades, hundreds of Muslim families have been making mauli (sacred red-and-yellow thread, also known as kalawa), which is an important and integral element in most Hindu religious functions. Days before the Navratra (the nine-day festival dedicated to Hindu deity Durga), work is on in Ahladgunj village. Men, women and children from this Muslim-dominated village, about 40 kilometres from Allahabad are busy making mauli and chunari (a piece of clothing offered to the deity) that are in great demand by Hindu devotees.