History has repeated itself with four sons playing Shravan Kumar in the 21st century. Re-enacting the role of Shravan Kumar, the mythical character who carried his old parents on a kanwar (sling), four brothers from Haryana's Palwal carried their parents to a pilgrim site from Hardiwar to Mansa Devi.
Even though the parents are hale and hearty, the four devoted sons chose to carry them on a 'kanwar' to spread a message of love and respect for parents.
"We don't have any problem like Shravan Kumar's parents but wanted them to send a message to those who disrespect parents', said the proud parents.
Mahendar, one of the sons, said that they took this step to make people realise the importance of their parents.
"These days children treat their parents very badly. We saw our neighbours misbehaving with their parents and then we decided to carry our parents on kanwar">kanwar to set an example for others," he said.
Earlier, a tribal youth carried his feeble old parents on his shoulders and walked for about 40 km in Odisha. Evoking the historical character Shravan Kumar who exhibited devotion towards his parents, the youth did it so to seek justice for an alleged fake case against him.