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As Naga Sadhus gather for annual Pushkar Mela, a glimpse into their philosophy of detachment
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As Naga Sadhus gather for annual Pushkar Mela, a glimpse into their philosophy of detachment

The 'Naga Sadhus’ (literally meaning ‘Naked Yogis’) are a part of the Shaivite sadhus' sect. They gather in the holy city of Pushkar for the Mela.

Laal Kaptaan’s textured portrayal of warrior ascetics brings a new, much-needed focus to an obscure history
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Laal Kaptaan’s textured portrayal of warrior ascetics brings a new, much-needed focus to an obscure history

Although the presence of warrior ascetics has been known in some quarters, it has variously been attributed to the advent of Islam and the depredations of Muslim rule in the subcontinent

Kumbh Mela 2019: The grandest spectacle on earth is also a microcosm of Hindu civilisation
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Kumbh Mela 2019: The grandest spectacle on earth is also a microcosm of Hindu civilisation

The Kumbh predates history and is believed to be an eternal tradition. Yet everything associated with it is ephemeral which is transient and vulnerable.

Kumbh Mela 2019: Sadhus take out Peshwai procession ahead of event; PM hopes sanitation is maintained at holy site
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Kumbh Mela 2019: Sadhus take out Peshwai procession ahead of event; PM hopes sanitation is maintained at holy site

About 12 crore devotees are expected to visit the Kumbh Mela starting at Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh from 15 January.

Simhastha Kumbh Mela: Last 'shahi snan' begins
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Simhastha Kumbh Mela: Last 'shahi snan' begins

The third and the last 'shahi snan' (royal bath) of month-long Simhastha-Kumbh Mela began early on Saturday.

Shankaracharya wages war on Sai Baba, backed by Naga sadhus
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Shankaracharya wages war on Sai Baba, backed by Naga sadhus

Naga sadhus accepting the call of the Shankaracharya of Dwarka and Jyotir Math, Swami Swaroopanand to launch a crusade to save the Hindu faith.