Ardh Kumbh

  • Sadhus talk mobiles, laptops too June 18, 2007

    Allahabad: Who says sadhus can't be showstoppers! Leaving no stone unturned, sadhus at the Ardhkumbh Mela in Allahabad are trying out all kinds of accessories. So who are their idols? What do they think adds to their look? One sadhu wants to look like lord Krishna. “I like to...
  • Kumbh's last shahi snan on Tuesday June 18, 2007

    New Delhi: The fourth auspicious day of bathing and the third and final shahi snan will take place on Tuesday on the occasion of Basant Panchami at the Ardh Kumbh mela in Allahabad. Usual restrictions on plying of vehicles are in force, while security has been tightened following a turn-out of...
  • Sadhus go corporate in Kumbh June 18, 2007

    Allahabad: The Ardh Kumbh in Allahabad reflects the changing face of spiritualism in the country – it's a confluence of the new and the old with spiritual gurus who are also moving with the times. The Chairman of ISKCON at the Kumbh mela, Sarva Bhaum Das, who hails from Pakistan and...
  • Sonia to take holy dip at Kumbh? June 17, 2007

    New Delhi: Not long after Samajwadi Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav took the holy dip in the Ganges in Allahabad during the Ardh Kumba mela, Congress President Sonia Gandhi could soon be doing the same, ahead of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. Sources said that there were chances of Sonia taking the...
  • Hair-raising tales of Kumbh sadhus June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: You have seen them bald. You have seen them with long matted tresses. But which sadhu at the Ardh Kumbh could have the best hair? A Juna Akhada sadhu, Mahant Satyanand Bharti’s matted hair doesn’t need combs nor oil. All it needs is holy ash as nourishment. However, that doesn’t...
  • Naga sadhus rough up foreign journos June 17, 2007

    New Delhi: The naked or the Naga sadhus have been drawing crowds at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad for their strange way of living. But now these sadhus are in the news for roughing up some foreign photojournalists. Things got tense between the two parties on Friday when the foreign media in...
  • UP CM reviews Ardh Kumbh arrangements June 18, 2007

    New Delhi: Reviewing the arrangements for the ongoing Ardh Kumbh on Friday Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav directed officials to ensure that water flow to the Sangam in Allahabad should not be disrupted and its quality should be maintained. Yadav said that the water flow at the Sangam this...
  • Big Bathday: Kumbh crowd ready June 18, 2007

    New Delhi: Lakhs of pilgrims are expected to take a holy dip on the occasion of the mauni amasya, the biggest and the most auspicious day for bathing, in the river Ganga at the Ardh Kumbh in Allahabad on Friday. The age-old belief is that a dip at the sangam at...
  • Bangalore pilot turns Naga sanyasin June 18, 2007

    Allahabad: For some people spirituality is the end goal of life—quite literally in fact. One such extreme case is that of a law graduate and a trained pilot from Bangalore who chose to become a Naga ‘sanyasin’ instead of arguing cases in court-rooms. She now wants to fly a helicopter to...
  • Naked truth about Kumbh sadhus June 18, 2007

    Allahabad: The naked or the Naga sadhus have been drawing crowds at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. People drop jaws looking at the yoga kriyas of these grotesque saints who wear no clothes on their ash-covered bodies. But little do we know about their origin. 70-years-old Digambar Ramdev Giriji, a...
  • 'Rani' wants Ash to be a 'sanyasin' June 17, 2007

    Ardh Kumbh Nagar (Allahabad): A Bollywood-crazy British widow, who is fond of being called 'Rani Mukherjee', aspires that doe-eyed former Miss World Aishwarya Rai turns a 'Sanyasin' instead of marrying Junior Bachchan, Abhishek. The headline-hogging topic of Ash-Abhishek marriage is also slowly turning a spicy affair for the Bollywood-lapping foreign tourists...
  • Celebs, Kumbh crowd share space June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: The Ardh Kumbh is attracting several celebrities this year who have come to wash away their sins. A stage on the Kumbh city came alive with epic tale of Durga and the demon for two hours. And playing the part of Durga was none other than actress Hema Malini. “I have...
  • Hema Malini to perform at Kumbh June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: Actress and Bharat Natyam exponent Hema Malini is to perform at the Ardh Kumbh Mela on Wednesday. She will perform in a giant makeshift theatre built inside the sprawling enclosure belonging to Swami Avdheshanand, a spiritual guru. Hema Malini is known as an old disciple of the swami. Among those who...
  • Thousands 'lost and found' at Kumbh June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: Indian movies are replete with stories of people getting lost at the 12-yearly Kumbh Mela - the largest single human gathering on earth. But such incidents often occur in reality, too, when millions converge here for the six-yearly Ardh-Kumbh. The only difference now perhaps is that unlike the past, most...
  • Here come the stars of Kumbh June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: Naga sadhus are the star attraction of the Ardh Kumbh. Their dreadlocks, chillums and absolute disregard for the sartorial bring them a mystic halo. But who are the Nagas? ...
  • India 360: Spirituality in the Kumbh June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: The atmosphere at the world's biggest congregation, the Ardh Kumbh mela (fair) is that of festivity and spirituality. The Ardh Kumbh, which began on January 3, reached a crescendo on Monday with the Shahi Snan. On Makar Sankranti, millions of people braved the North Indian winter cold for a holy...
  • In Pics: Sadhus paint the town red! June 17, 2007

    The Shahi Snan festivities at the Ardh Kumbh reached a crescendo on Monday with thousands of devotees took the dip. ...
  • Festivities at Kumbh reach a crescendo June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: With the Shahi Snan the festivities at the Ardh Kumbh reached a crescendo on Monday. Millions of people braved the North Indian winter cold for a holy dip in the River Ganga in Allahabad. But it’s more than just the dip that has attracted pilgrims from all across the...
  • It's the big bathday bash at Kumbh June 17, 2007

    New Delhi: Braving the winter chill, the pilgrims gathered at the Ardh Kumbh in Allahabad had already taken a holy dip in the river Ganga on the occasion of Makar Sakranti festival on Sunday. However, the ‘Shahi Snan’ that is also the second Shahi Snan, made a more colourful start...
  • Cit Journo: A colourful dip in Kumbh June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: It's not just devotees around the country flocking to Allahabad for the Ardh Kumbh Mela. It's also a magnate for tourists across the world. Russian tourist Mansur becomes Citizen Journalist for CNN-IBN and takes a colourful dip into the festivities. ...
  • Wonder kids steal the show in Kumbh June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: The Kumbh mela is not just about the ritual bath, and devotional discourses, it's an unbelievable potpourri of amazing religious activities where even little children participate. Marketed in the Kumbh mela as the youngest kid in the world who can sing Sanskrit couplets, nine-year-old Shukranarayan is quite unlike the...
  • Funky tilaks for Kumbh devotees June 17, 2007

    Allahabad: Innovative tilaks seem to be the talk of the town in Kumbh this year. After a holy dip in the River Ganga, the devotees line up for getting designer tilaks - made of sandalwood and saffron paste - painted on their foreheads. Round ones, trishul (trident) shaped ones and many...
  • Ramdev turns management guru June 16, 2007

    Allahabad: Baba Ramdev is perhaps one of India's most multi-faceted gurus, teaching yoga in the first half of the session, followed by marketing lessons in the second half. "I am a marketing guru. There's no harm in marketing yoga. It's a matter of great pride for me," says he. The Baba...
  • Sadhus curious about their future June 16, 2007

    Allahabad: The Ardh Kumbh Mela is attracting hundreds of sadhus. But what draws them to the holy event? A sanyasi for the past 60 years, Mahant Rameshwar Tyagi does not believe in it anymore. He has realised that being a sadhu has not taken him anywhere. He wants to give up...
  • Kumbh sadhus believe in publicity June 16, 2007

    Allahabad: The world’s biggest congregation Ardh Kumbh mela is on in full swing in Allahabad. And it's not just about celebration of faith but also the perfect platform for aspiring gurus to attract followers. Baba Gajendra Giriji a spiritual guru at the Kumbh says he aims to expand his circle of...
  • Tourists on spiritual high at Kumbh June 16, 2007

    Allahabad: Inside the tents on the banks of river Ganga, as part of the Ardh Kumbh Mela, is practised a special way of life. Devotees sing bhajans and keertans (hymns) all day long, eat restricted diet and sleep on the ground. This life philosophy, called Kalpvaas, is known to be followed...
  • Sadhvis take on sadhus at Kumbh June 16, 2007

    Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh): Their fashionable façade may just be a cover up, but hidden under that façade are stories of male domination. Yet the sadhvis (female sadhus) aspire to become great preachers on stage. While some sadhvis like Sadhvi Prema Pandurang of South India, Sadhvi Rithambhra of Vrindavan and Mata...
  • Security tightened at Ardh kumbh mela June 15, 2007

    Allahabad: Security measures were tightened and paramilitary forces deployed at the world's biggest congregation, the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on Friday, after a terror warning was received by the intelligence services of Delhi and Mumbai. According to intelligence sources, Jaffer the suspected mastermind behind Mumbai’s 7/11 blasts...
  • Sadhus offer laptops, cars to Gods June 15, 2007

    Allahabad: Sadhus, who travel from their destinations to the Ardh Kumbh, have to no temple to visit on the sandy banks of the River Ganga. However, they have now found a solution to their problem. The sadhus have a makeshift temple on the banks. And with the Ardh Kumbh spanning 41...
  • Sadhus wrestle it out in Kumbh June 15, 2007

    Allahabad: The world's biggest congregation, the Ardh Kumbh Mela which begins in Allahabad on Wednesday, is never complete without the Akhada sadhus. An akhada (a place where a wrestling bout is held) is usually a place for wrestlers, but at the Kumbh, the players are none other than the sadhus. The goal...