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“SOLAH SHRINGAR”, SIXTEEN ADORNMENTS TO ATTAIN ...

Published April 22nd, 2013

With their bodies naked but for a coating of ash, their long hair twisted in dreadlocks, their faces hidden behind busy beards, the Naga Sadhus are the most prominent part of the Kumbh. Months before the frenzy of Kumbh begins in earnest, the solitudious Naga Sadhus start emerging from their Ashrams, forests, caves, set in the Himalayas, to begin their long march towards the soon-to-be-overcrowded ghats of Sangam. These followers of Lord Shiva, the God of death and destruction are separated into Akharas, based on the swords, tridents, spears, axes and canes that they carry and perform the most stringent of rituals to help burn off their Karma and that of the world they/we live in.

Gathering in their respective Akharas, constituting of makeshift tents and temporary shelters, the Naga Sadhus continue their arduous meditation and extreme penance to prepare themselves for the holy dip. As excited as the sea of shloak chanting devotees flock the Kumbh, the Naga Sadhus display their emotio ...

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