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Big B visits Ajmer shrine

entertainment Updated: Jul 05, 2011 18:04 IST
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Actor Amitabh Bachchan visited the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer yesterday to untie the thread that he had tied almost 40 years ago as a mannat (wish).

“On my way to Ajmer Sharif … was there almost 40 years ago... so much has changed since for me... reason enough to thank and pray,” was Big B’s post on micro-blogging website Twitter. Bachchan had already posted his reasons for visiting the sacred shrine on his blog on Sunday.

amitabhHe wrote, "I plan to go to Ajmer Sharif tomorrow... a most respected and important place of prayer ... it carries the belief that if you tie a thread at the mazaar as a 'mannat’. Almost 40 years ago, when I was just about to start my work as an actor in this industry, I had visited Ajmer and had tied a thread on the filigree work that surrounds the main area... for long I had wanted to revisit it and untie it, as a fulfillment of that mannat."

When asked by tweeple if the visit was connected to the recent news of daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai’s pregnancy, Big B wrote, “People asking if 'mannat' is for grandchild... No! Use your sense... 40 years ago I will ask this mannat?? Silly...”

The shrine, dedicated to the Sufi saint who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192, attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year.