Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai visited Allahabad this weekend to immerse the ashes of her father at the Sangam — the holy confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical river Saraswati. She was accompanied by her husband Abhishek Bachchan and six-year-old daughter Aaradhya as well as mother Vrindya Rai and brother Aditya Rai.
On their arrival at the Sangam Allahabad, the group was received by policemen and priests, who escorted them on to a boat.
After reaching midstream, the ashes of Aishwarya’s father Krishnaraj Rai, who died in March this year, were immersed amid chants of hymns.
“It was a personal visit by the Bachchans who had requested for privacy and hence only bare minimum deployment of police personnel was made. They left immediately after performing the rites at the Sangam,” District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar said.
Incidentally, the last time the Bachchans visited the city was a decade ago when they accompanied Abhishek’s superstar father Amitabh Bachchan to immerse the ashes of the latter’s mother Teji Bachchan.
The Bachchans have their roots in the city where Teji got married to renowned Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Amitabh spent his early childhood before the family moved to Delhi in the 1950s.