Watch: Rudraksh Baba, the latest from Colours of Kumbh

Ujjain's Simhast Kumbh Mahaparv is an event known for its devotees and their devotion. But, an equally attractive site for the bhakts (worshipers) are the absurd babas who arrive in huge numbers to this congregation of belief. One such is Rudraksh Baba.
With 5100 rudraksh' on his head, the baba was no less than an attraction at the mela this year. Rudraksh is a seed, which is traditionally used as beads during prayers among Hindus. It is also popularly believed that a rudraksh bead has its origins from the tear drops of Lord Shiva's teardrops. Yes, Hinduism has more myths and mythologies than you could imagine.

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.

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Updated Date: May 22, 2017 11:58:13 IST