Away from the din, these ‘yogis’ spread message of love...


The modern-day nomads, committed to non-violence and believing in spreading peace and unity among all communities of the world, and calling themselves "Rainbow Warriors", have begun gathering at the Kumbh Mela of 2013 to spread their message of love for all. But their penchant to remain on the fringes, away from the hullabaloo, has led the administration into taking a fresh exercise of extending the facilities like the roads, water and power supply.

Located on Tulsi Marg in Sector-7 of Kumbh Mela, there are no roads, power or water supply to "Rainbow Love Camp"— the name of the nomadic community.

The appeal through Facebook, through which the members of this community remain connected, is to bring some tents and other essentials, when they reach the camp. The Facebook page also has clear instructions: "No drugs, no alcohol and no meat".

The camp, currently having only a couple of tents with no fencing, is a little over 300 metres from the last point till which the water and power pipelines have been laid on Tulsi Marg. Beyond the camp, there is only the barren flood plain of River Ganga stretching far and wide. "We wanted to be away from the din. Therefore, we chose this place. We wanted everything natural," says Panama Baba, who is from Panama in North America and is one of the camp's organisers.

"We just need more and more tents. There are only four to five days left and, by January 27, we are expecting around 500 members from different parts of the world. The number may go up to 1,000. Apart from other things, we will be cleaning the Mela area and doing any other service we feel like till March 10," he says.

So far, the few camp members are just about managing with some help from policemen and a Naga Baba. "I arranged the quilts on the evening two of the members of the camp arrived," says Constable Yashpal Singh.

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