Drawn to Kumbh, Indian diaspora get back to their roots

Acharya Ganesh Dutt Maharaj, who is from San Fernando, Trinidad, also a devotee of Kabir Panth and a priest in his own right, said: "My forefathers were from Mahadua village in Basti. My father used to visit the village whenever he came to India."

"We have kept our names like Ram, Mishra or Narain, as well as our foods - karela, dal, bhat and kalaunji - but we could do with a bit more of our culture," said Acharya, a self-confessed soccer fan. His own group of devotees stayed in the Kabir Panth camp and took part in Mauni Amavasya bathing.

Sai Maa Laxmi Devi, who holds the position of Jagatguru, was born to parents of Indian origin in Mauritius and brought up there. "I keep travelling throughout the world, the entire year trying to teach the West the principles of Sanatan Dharm. It can get difficult because they do not know what devotion is. But I remember that since our childhood, we were taught to pray and bow before God.

"There are a few things like corruption and lack of education among women here, which are a matter for concern. And I would like to do something for them. But in so far as the intellectual quality of India is concerned, it is unmatched," added Sai Maa.

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