About ten thousand people gathered at Palam airport in Delhi on Tuesday (7 November) to welcome India's child guru, the Balyogeshwar Yogi, home from the United States.
GV Aircraft on tarmac
GV & SV People singing and playing instruments in crowd (4 shots)
GV Crowd waving & cheering
SV Yogi in open truck outside & GV away (2 shots)
GV Crowd converge on truck
SV & GV PAN Yogi waving to crowd (2 shots)
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Background: About ten thousand people gathered at Palam airport in Delhi on Tuesday (7 November) to welcome India's child guru, the Balyogeshwar Yogi, home from the United States.
About a quarter of the crowd were western devotees - mostly Americans - who had flown to India in chartered aircraft for the occasion.
The followers of Balyogeshwar, who is 14 years of age, believe he is the modern incarnation of God.
The airport arrival was a disappointment to them because Delhi police refused to allow the Divine Light Mission to put up loudspeakers for the Guru to speak.
So the faithful had to wait until later. Balyogeshwar was scheduled to attend a three day celebration in Delhi before moving with his family to their home in Hardware, on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh.
The Mission also has its headquarters in Hardware. From there it runs prayer and study centres throughout India, Britain and the United States.
SYNOPSIS: A welcome in India for a boy regarded by many as God.
On Tuesday, something like ten thousand people gathered at Palam airport in Delhi to see the boy, fourteen-year-old Balyogeshwar Yogi, on his return home from the United States Many of those who waited hours in the hot sun were western disciples - mainly Americans - who had travelled to Delhi on specially chartered airliners.
The arrival was a bit of a disappointment to the faithful, as police would not let the Divine Light Mission set up loudspeakers at the airport for the young Guru to speak. But they would have plenty of opportunity to hear him in the next few days, either in Delhi or in Hardware, from where his Mission runs its ashrams in India, the United States, Britain and other countries. His devotees number hundreds of thousands ... most of them in the United States, where Balyogeshwar will return after a brief stay in India.