Kumbh Mela had a tryst with glamour on Makar Sankranti, the first bathing day of the mela when actor Shilpa Shetty arrived in Allahabad along with parents Surendra and Sunanda Shetty to take a holy dip in the Ganga.
Shilpa took a chartered plane to Allahabad and went to the Sangam to bathe at the holy confluence. “My plane had developed a snag when it was about to take off, but my friends, the Hindujas, arranged for another aircraft. So here I am,” said Shilpa, adding, “My parents wanted to come to the Kumbh Mela and I am happy that I have been able to fulfil my duty as a daughter. I am lucky to be part of this magnificent mela. Though the water was terribly cold, I took three dips. One for my husband Raj, the other for my son Viaan and the third for myself,” Shilpa said. Asked why her hubby and son didn’t accompany her, Shilpa said Raj stayed back home to baby-sit Viaan.
Did she also pray for a stunning comeback in Bollywood? “It was the well-being of my family which was on my mind while taking the holy dip and certainly not a career in films,” she said. Dressed in an off-white kurta-salwar ensemble, the actor, who was at the mela just for about an hour, also went to Parmarth Niketan and met Swami Chidanand Saraswati and participated in some Hindu rituals, and performed a havan with her parents. Soon, she was surrounded by other devotees present in the shivir and posed for photographs with them.