Kumbh Mela 2019: From Kabutar Baba to Rudraksh Baba, sadhus shine on day two

At the Kumbh Mela this year. many people were seen making a beeline for the Juna akhara, an organisation of sadhus, and posing with the Nagas who are naked men with ash smeared on their body and long dreadlocks.

he 2019 Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti – considered as the most auspicious day in the Hindu calendar.

Day one was for ascetics from various akharas and those who braved the surging crowds; day two on Wednesday (January 16) was for hundreds of thousands of people, including tourists, who lined up along the Sangam for a purifying dip.

A visitor was quoted saying that the Kumbh Mela was called “the greatest show on earth” for a reason.

Like always, many people were seen making a beeline for the Juna akhara, an organisation of sadhus, and posing with the Nagas who are naked men with ash smeared on their body and long dreadlocks.

However, it is the sadhus in different attires which are catching the eyes of the devotees, especially the foreign tourists, at the mela.

Their style and ability to attract people has made the religious event more unique and colourful this time.