Annual '14-kosi' parikrama in Ayodhya begins

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Lucknow, Oct 29: The '14-kosi' (42 km) parikrama in Ayodhya began on Saturday with lakhs of people converging in the temple town for the annual event. Amid heavy security deployment, the devotees first took a holy dip in the Saryu river and then began the process of the trip on foot. Priests said that there are three types of 'parikramas' in Ayodhya - the '84-kosi', the '14-kosi' and the '5-kosi'. The 14-kosi parikrama takes place in the heart of the city, while the other two are held in Awadh region and the Ayodhya district.  It is said that on the day of Kartik Poornima, Lord Vishnu wakes up and any body who undertakes this parikrama does get his or her all wishes fulfilled.A Several hundred buses have been plying for the last 24 hours to ferry pilgrims from all over the state. Mela officer and ADM (city) Vindhyavasini Rai told reporters that the panch kosi parikrama would start on Devthani Ekadashi on October 30.  

IANS