SADHUS

  • Allahabad: Rains disrupt Maha Kumbh Mela February 17, 2013

    Allahabad: Heavy rains that lashed Allahabad on Saturday created a crisis at the Maha Kumbh Mela premises, sending pilgrims, seers and journalists scurrying for cover as tents collapsed under the deluge. With heavy rains since Friday night, the entire mela area was turned into a mess and water collected at...
  • Kumbh Mela: Air surveillance, announcement systems keep track of those who are lost February 10, 2013

    Over three crore people are expected to take a dip in the Sangam on the occasion of the Mauni Amavasya on Sunday. ...
  • Kumbh: 3 crore devotees expected on Mauni Amavasya February 9, 2013

    Allahabad: Devotees are arriving in large numbers in the city for the auspicious bathing day of Mauni Amavasya on Sunday during the ongoing Maha Kumbh congregation at the holy Sangam. Devotees, including women and children, have been arriving in Allahabad as well as in the transGanga and transYamuna regions from...
  • Watch: People from across world flock to Maha Kumbh Mela January 16, 2013

    The two month long Maha Kumbh Mela is on at Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad and it is being called the greatest show on earth. People are coming together for a holy dip from across the globe. Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose met up with an American guru at Kumbh who became a...
  • FTN: What is the relevance of the Kumbh Mela in modern society? January 15, 2013

    The world's largest gathering of people, the 55day Kumbh congregation, began in Allahabad on Monday with tens of thousands of devotees, led by ashsmeared Naga ascetics, taking a dip at the holy confluence of three rivers. ...
  • Maha Kumbh Mela: Naga sadhus lead festivities January 14, 2013

    Allahabad: The world's largest gathering of people, the 55day Kumbh congregation, began in Allahabad on Monday with tens of thousands of devotees, led by ashsmeared Naga ascetics, taking a dip at the holy confluence of three rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. Held in this Uttar Pradesh...
  • Allahabad: Maha Kumbh Mela to begin tomorrow January 13, 2013

    Allahabad: The biggest human gathering will congregate at Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad city to participate in the greatest show on earth Maha Kumbh Mela. A whopping one crore people are estimated to take a dip on Monday in the confluence of three holy rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna and...
  • Allahabad: Countdown for Sangam Maha Kumbh begins December 19, 2012

    Lucknow: The countdown for Maha Kumbh 2013, beginning on Jan 14, has started, as hundreds of religious seers and followers of the Juna Akahada, Agni and Avahan Akahadas entered the Mela premises near the Sangam in Allahabad on Tuesday. The Sangam, the spot near where the Maha Kumbh occurs, is...
  • Ayodhya verdict not based on legality: Mulayam October 1, 2010

    New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh has raised questions on the Ayodhya verdict saying the judgement has been delivered based on faith and not on legalities. "The Ayodhya verdict is out. I am not happy. The decision is not a great sign and has made many people sad," said Mulayam....
  • Pilgrims flock Maha Kumbh for Mahashivratri bath February 12, 2010

    Haridwar: Braving the dark of the predawn hours, the chill in the air and the ice cold water of the Ganga, thousands of devotees ecstatically shouting Bom Bom Bhole started bathing in the holiest river of the Hindus on the occasion of Mahashivratri on Friday, one of the biggest days...
  • 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...
  • Kumbh's hub of illegal animal products January 21, 2007

    Allahabad: Sadhus are on a shopping spree at the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. And its not just rudraksh beads or silver moons or the like are on demand but tiger nails, snakeskins, deer horn and mongoose hair also. Tantriks say these are charms that will protect them from ill...
  • Naga sadhus rough up foreign journos January 20, 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Kumbh sadhus believe in publicity January 8, 2007

    Allahabad: The worlds 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...
  • Sadhvis take on sadhus at Kumbh January 6, 2007

    Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh): Their fashionable faade may just be a cover up, but hidden under that faade 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...
  • 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...