Sadhus descend into Ganges for 'Shahi Snan' during Kumbh Mela
Posted on Mon , 14 Jan '13
Hindu sadhus of the Naga clan today marched in procession to the river Ganges in Allahabad, for their first 'Shahi Snan', during the Kumbh Mela. Naked, smeared in ash and with matted hair tied in dreadlocks, the hermits, devotees of Lord Shiva, are accorded the privilege of exclusive access to the bathing area on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. They carry tridents, the symbols of Lord Shiva, to the city of the Kumbh Mela, though the weapons are treated as sacred and are not brought to the site of the ritual baths.