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sadhu

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a Hindu wandering holy man
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To show their closeness to God, and their renunciation of material possesions, naga sadhus perform astounding feats of endurance.
Pilot Baba, a Mahamandaleshwar of Juna Akhara, has said that the Shankaracharya was trying to push Hindu religion towards destruction and suggested that Naga sadhus should ignore Swaroopanand's diktat asking them to assemble in Prayag (Allahabad) and Haridwar, ostensibly to wage a war against Sai followers.
Diksha is a ritual of initiation held by gurus to become a Naga Sadhu.
In a dinghy, my friends and I drift downstream from Assi ghat to Dasashwamedh Ghat, crossing tens of thousands of squatters, boats loaded with people and camps of naga sadhus all here to celebrate Mahashivratri .
Our biggest wish is that there is peace and that people should look after each other," a member of the Naga Sadhus, a devout, fierce and famously nude sect of followers of the Hindu god Shiva said.
The Naga Sadhus give up worldly pleasures and live mostly in the Himalayan mountains and caves.
In a rare move, a group of Chinese journalists at the Guangdong paper openly confronted state censors after the paper was forced to turn a sharp editorial calling for constitutional rule into a tribute praising the Communist Party in its reputed New Year''s Message | FRIDAY JANUARY 4: The Co-operative Bank was punished by the regulator after it delayed valid claims for payment protection insurance (PPI) compensation "for no good reason| FRIDAY JANUARY 4: Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy men, arrive during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad, India | THURSDAY JANUARY 3: Con Shiels, the last survivor of the 1936 Jarrow March, pictured, has died.
38) This, as were colonial attempts to clothe naga sadhus, was ultimately unenforceable, and thus naked holy men continue to be a feature of Kumbh Mela festivals, where they are followed with great interest by the media.
Naga Sadhus, or naked Hindu holy men, walk in a religious procession on the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River during Mauni Amawasya, an auspicious day of the 45-day long Ardh Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India
Hindu priests and holy men, wrapped in traditional orange robes and turbans, are already at the sites, among them the 20,000 Naga Sadhus who wander around naked after smearing their bodies with paint and ash.
Thousands of Naga Sadhus or Hindu-Shaivite ascetics with ash-covered bodies and matted hair are expected to bathe near the Sangam along with an equal number of pilgrims on the final day.
The Naga Sadhus symbolize a complete renunciation of worldly pleasures, and live away from the mainstream of Indian life, emerging only at the time of the Kumbh Mela.