At 77, ‘Mullaji’ lights up Juna Akhara, and hearts too
Bijnor: Money has taken a back seat for Mohammad Mehmood, now 77. Stretching his legs on a rather rickety plastic chair on the banks of the mighty Ganga river in Prayagraj, Mehmood says his priorities have changed now. “I look for spirituality and respect now,” he says after a day of hard work.
For the last 33 years, Mehmood had been illuminating the tents of the famed Juna Akahra. Drastic changes in technology failed to deter the old man’s determination to light up the king-size tents of the Akhara, which “stand apart from others”.
Talking about his work, Mehmood says: “I am an electrician. And my skills can be seen in night during the Kumbh when the entire area where sadhus have pitched their tents is dazzling with bright lights of all colours.”
Remembering his journey, Mehmood says: “I came in contact with the sadhus of Juna Akhara about 33 years ago. At that time, I was young and had very little experience and knowledge