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At the Gangasagar Mela, devotees jostle with sadhus for space, brave freezing waters for holy dip
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At the Gangasagar Mela, devotees jostle with sadhus for space, brave freezing waters for holy dip

Every year, on the day of Makar Sankranti, when the sun makes a transition from Sagittarius to Capricorn, hundreds of thousands of Hindus make the pilgrimage to the Sagar Island to take a holy dip in the river Ganga and offer prayers at the Kapil Muni Temple.

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.

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.

'Radha Bol tune Ye Kya kiya': Rishi Kapoor's epic tweets on Radhe Maa pack a punch
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'Radha Bol tune Ye Kya kiya': Rishi Kapoor's epic tweets on Radhe Maa pack a punch

The controversy surrounding 'Godwoman' Radhe Maa has captured Rishi Kapoor's attention

Sadhus complain of improper power, water supply, lack of cleanliness at Kumbh Mela
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Sadhus complain of improper power, water supply, lack of cleanliness at Kumbh Mela

Seers attending the Simhastha Kumbh mela, the largest congregation of any faith in the world held after every 12 years, have complained of inconsistent power and water supply and lack of cleanliness at the venue.

No compromise on Surya Namaskar: Sadhus threaten protests if it isn't included in Yoga day event
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No compromise on Surya Namaskar: Sadhus threaten protests if it isn't included in Yoga day event

Sadhus and seers of Haridwar on Tuesday threatened to launch a countrywide agitation if 'Surya Namaskar' (sun salutation) was not included in the set of yogic postures to be performed on International Yoga Day slated for June 21.

Images: How sadhus become Naga sadhus at the Maha Kumbh
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Images: How sadhus become Naga sadhus at the Maha Kumbh

How do men become Naga sadhus, considered among the most unique holy men seen at the Maha Kumbh? Here are photographs of men who have chosen to join the ranks of the holy men.

Sponsored Kumbh Mela: Does UP own it, to sell it?
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Sponsored Kumbh Mela: Does UP own it, to sell it?

What happens when the event ownership is hazy, as is the case with the Kumbh Mela? Should the Mela at all be owned by anyone, and should anyone be allowed to offer exclusive telecast or branding rights?