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Maha Kumbh: Union of sadhus with unique names, feats

Last Updated: Friday, February 12, 2010 - 18:04

Haridwar: From `khada baba` to `pilot baba`
and even `haath khada baba`, the Maha Kumbh is a religious
event that brings together a plethora of ash smeared sadhus
known for their unique names and extraordinary feats.

One of the most unusual sadhu`s at the `Juna akhara` is
one with his right hand held straight up even as he throws
logs of wood into the fire using his left hand.

Called `haath khada baba` (sadhu with his hands
raised), the mendicant`s nails have become long and
inter-wined as he has been in this pose for 27 years now.

"This is his tapasya (meditation). He has not kept his
hand down for the last 27 years," `Amaranth baba`, who sits
next to him, said.

There is also the `khada baba`, who people say, has not
sat for the last 30 years.


First Published: Friday, February 12, 2010 - 18:04
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