The only time the baba takes off his ecstatic crown of rudraksh beads is when he goes to take a dip/ a shower.
The baba talks of spirituality and belief just like any other learned folk from around the amalgamation. But his beads and devotion to doing this explains human interests and the extent till which one goes in the name of salvation.
The beads are designed to suit the shape of the baba's head and fit almost perfectly. He goes by the name of Mangal Giri and is a naga baba.
Naga babas are now a famous sect of folks, for the tourist attraction that they have become. Mangal Giri can be seen traveling across Kumbh Mela's(religious congregations) and inspire many others to adorn this form of spirituality.
Popular belief or not, rudraksh make in billions of rupees, in sales every year in India. If you are not fascinated enough, watch Firstpost's latest Documentary Web Series on the Colours Of Kumbh's episode: Rudraksh Baba.
You can read and watch the previous parts of the series here:
Part 1: The colours of Kumbh: Organising the globe's largest festival ain't an easy job
Part 2: The colours of Kumbh: A search for knowledge and salvation
Part 3: Watch: Devotion hits a new high at Ujjain Kumbh, thanks to a 121-feet-long agarbatti
Part 4: The colours of Kumbh: At 30,000 feet up in the sky, this pilot met God
Part 5: The colours of Kumbh: Watch the amazing story of 'Kalash' baba
Published Date: Jun 17, 2016 15:34 PM | Updated Date: May 22, 2017 11:58 AM