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Big B?s tryst with religion is on

Has the Big B turned exceedingly religious after his recent ailment?

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 03:48 IST

Has the Big B turned exceedingly religious after his recent ailment?

Post-recuperation, the megastar first visited the Siddhi Vinayak temple in Mumbai. He then went to Tirupati and was seen at the Akshardham temple in New Delhi in late January. On Thursday, he was one of the few most-eagerly awaited guests who descended in Porbandar to attend the ongoing discourse on the Bhagwat Saptah by renowned Sanskrit scholar Rameshbhai Oza alias Bhaishri, who is the spiritual guru of the Ambanis. The Saptah is being held at the Sandipani Vidyaniketan of the guru.

All three well-knit families flew to Porabandar in Anil Ambani’s special plane. Jaya Bachchan was there with son Abhishek. Ambani matriarch Kokilaben joined son Anil and daughter-in-law Tina to participate in the discourse. As usual, Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh followed the lot.

The VVIPs were given a warm welcome by a crowd of more than 45,000 devotees. The Bachchans even joined the Nandotsav ceremony to mark Lord Krishna’s birthday. “Nand gher anand bhayo, jai Kanaiya lal ki,” crooned the megastar.

“Once he told me that long ago a sage from Hrishikesh had requested his father Harivanshrai Bachchan to translate the shlokas in Hindi. Ever since he has been reciting the shlokas regularly,” said Oza.

Probably due a hectic schedule, Amitabh and his family forgot an important place to visit—Kirti Mandir, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 03:48 IST