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A Naga Sadhu at one of the akhadas at Maha Kumbh, 2013, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. ‘Naga’ is derived from Sanskrit word ‘nagna’ which means naked. The number of Akhadas have grown to 13 from the original seven declared by Adi Shankacharya in the 8th century AD. Naga sadhus are found in all 13 akhadas. Danish Raza/ Firstpost

 A Naga Sadhu at one of the akhadas at Maha Kumbh, 2013, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. ‘Naga’ is derived from Sanskrit word ‘nagna’ which means naked. The number of Akhadas have grown to 13 from the original seven declared by Adi Shankacharya in the 8th century AD. Naga sadhus are found in all 13 akhadas. Danish Raza/ Firstpost