ARDH KUMBH MELA

  • Sadhus talk mobiles, laptops too January 23, 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 January 22, 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 turnout of...
  • Sadhus go corporate in Kumbh January 22, 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? January 21, 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...
  • UP CM reviews Ardh Kumbh arrangements January 19, 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 January 19, 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 ageold belief is that a dip at the sangam at...
  • Bangalore pilot turns Naga sanyasin January 18, 2007

    Allahabad: For some people spirituality is the end goal of lifequite 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 courtrooms. She now wants to fly a helicopter to...
  • Naked truth about Kumbh sadhus January 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 ashcovered bodies. But little do we know about their origin. 70yearsold Digambar Ramdev Giriji, a...
  • 'Rani' wants Ash to be a 'sanyasin' January 17, 2007

    Ardh Kumbh Nagar (Allahabad): A Bollywoodcrazy British widow, who is fond of being called 'Rani Mukherjee', aspires that doeeyed former Miss World Aishwarya Rai turns a 'Sanyasin' instead of marrying Junior Bachchan, Abhishek. The headlinehogging topic of AshAbhishek marriage is also slowly turning a spicy affair for the Bollywoodlapping foreign tourists...
  • Celebs, Kumbh crowd share space January 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 January 16, 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 January 16, 2007

    Allahabad: Indian movies are replete with stories of people getting lost at the 12yearly Kumbh Mela the largest single human gathering on earth. But such incidents often occur in reality, too, when millions converge here for the sixyearly ArdhKumbh. The only difference now perhaps is that unlike the past, most...
  • Here come the stars of Kumbh January 16, 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 January 16, 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! January 15, 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 January 15, 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 its more than just the dip that has attracted pilgrims from all across the...
  • It's the big bathday bash at Kumbh January 15, 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 January 14, 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 CNNIBN and takes a colourful dip into the festivities. ...
  • Wonder kids steal the show in Kumbh January 13, 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, nineyearold Shukranarayan is quite unlike the...
  • Funky tilaks for Kumbh devotees January 12, 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 January 11, 2007

    Allahabad: Baba Ramdev is perhaps one of India's most multifaceted 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 January 10, 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...
  • Sadhus offer laptops, cars to Gods January 5, 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 January 3, 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...
  • People set for holy dip at Ardh Kumbh January 2, 2007

    Allahabad: The world's biggest congregation, the Ardh Kumbh mela (fair), begins on Wednesday in Allahabad. Almost fifty to seventy lakh people take the holy dip in River Ganga during the days the mela is on. More than 30,000 tents have been erected as shelters for the congregation that is spread across...