Vasant Rao is the caretaker for the Banda Imambara



Over two centuries have gone by, and yet, the family of Vasant Rao carries on with a tradition of looking after an Imambara dedicated to Hazrat Imam Hussein in the tiny hamlet of Banda in Uttar Pradesh.

A Hindu family, the Raos describe themselves as being free from rigidly drawn boundaries of religion.

Vasant Rao's ancestor Ramaji Rao, a Maharashtrian Hindu serving in the Maratha Peshwa's army, built the Imambara in 1750. Ramaji was a staunch devotee of the Imam, and the imambara is also referred to as "Ramaji ka Imambara" in his memory.

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