25 years ago, Sridevi promised to return to Haridwar
ridevi’s husband and producer Boney Kapoor, along with brother Anil Kapoor and fashion designer Manish Malhotra performed the legendary actress’s last rites in Haridwar yesterday.
A part of the ashes of Sridevi were immersed in the holy Ganges in Haridwar in Uttar Pradesh by her husband.
Boney Kapoor broke down at one point as family priests Shiv Kumar Paliwal and Manish Jaiswal performed religious rituals at the VVIP ghat in Haridwar. Anil Kapoor consoled his elder brother.
Uttarakhand Agriculture Minister Subodh Uniyal and Haridwar Mayor Manoj Garg were present during the immersion of ashes in the Ganges.
Earlier, the family carrying the ashes in two urns landed at the Jolly Grant airport in Uttarakhand’s capital in the afternoon and then drove in a fleet of cars to Haridwar.
Later, the family paid obeisance at the Harihar temple at Kankhal.
Late in the evening on Thursday, they drove back to Dehradun where they spent the night.
Last week, a part of Sridevi’s ashes were immersed in the sea near Rameswaram. Boney and Sridevi’s daughters Janhvi and Khushi performed the actress’s last rites there.
Informed sources close to the family informed IANS that the late actor had stopped at Haridwar during a film shoot in 1993 and had promised to return. It was to fulfil this wish of Sridevi that the family decided to immerse her ashes in the holy Ganga after performing a similar ritual at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.
The 54-year-old actress breathed her last on February 24, after accidentally drowning in a bathtub at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel in Dubai. Sridevi was in the emirate for Boney Kapoor’s nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. She was cremated with full state honours on February 28.
Source – India Today