From Bandiki village in Rajasthan’s Dausa district, Shamshad and his four brothers, who belong to the Behrupiya community, were in the forefront of the ‘shobha yatra’ which was taken out in Ayodhya to mark the Treta Yug celebrations. The yatra covered around 3 km from Saket College to Ram Katha park.
While Shamshad was a member of the ‘vanar sena’, his brother Fareed essayed the role of Lord Shiva, Saleem was decked up as Hanuman and the youngest sibling Akram as Lord Krishna. The eldest brother Feroz masqueraded as a djinn, who was among several others in the troupe gathered to receive Lord Ram on his arrival in Ayodhya.
“Our family has been part of Ram Lila for generations but this is the first time we were invited to Ayodhya. We are sure we can revive our lost sanskriti (culture) if the tradition of our country is always celebrated like this,” said Fareed.
As they walked barefoot for 3 km, the five Muslim brothers were showered with flowers. Devotees touched their feet and locals took their pictures.
Leading the shobha yatra were brothers Amit and Ravi Verma who were dressed up as Lord Rama and Lakshman.