Women seers to perform separate flag hoisting at Nashik Kumbh

Aggrieved at being ignored by the Akhada Parishad during the ongoing Kumbh mela here, Sadhvi Trikal Bhavanta, the Mahant of all-women Pari akhada, has decided to perform a separate flag-hoisting on August 18.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 22, 2015, 14:26 PM IST

Nashik: Aggrieved at being ignored by the Akhada Parishad during the ongoing Kumbh mela here, Sadhvi Trikal Bhavanta, the Mahant of all-women Pari akhada, has decided to perform a separate flag-hoisting on August 18.

"We have decided to perform a separate 'Dhwaja Rohan' on August 18, a day before the flag-hoisting ceremony of Akhada Parishad," Sadhvi Bhavanta told reporters here before leaving for Mumbai to hand over an invitation to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the event.

Meanwhile, preparations are on in full swing for the flag-hoisting ceremony of the Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad, a mega religious congregation at Sadhu Gram on August 19, prior to the first 'shahi snan' on August 29.

The woman seer, who hails from Allahabad, had earlier alleged that Gyandas Maharaj, the president of Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad, misbehaved with her during the flag hoisting ceremony organised by Purohit Sangh to mark the beginning of Kumbh Mela here on July 14.

Gyandas Maharaj had denied the charge.

The ceremony was attended by CM Fadnavis among others.

She had also demanded for separate plots to house women seers of her akhada (a group of sadhus who are members of a particular sect).

Later, the district administration fulfilled Bhavanta's demand for separate plots for herself and her thousands of followers who have arrived here for the mega religious congregation.

The sadhvi had also demanded a separate bathing ghat for women seers, preferably near holy Ramkunda, on 'shahi snan' (royal bath) days (August 29, September 13 and 18) in Nashik.

Sadhvi Bhavanta is leader of Pari akhada, an all-woman group that came into existence in Allahabad early last year.