Pilgrims look for salvation at Kumbh Mela 2019: One of the largest religious festivals in the world, Kumbh Mela began at Prayagarh on January 15 – previously known as Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
The devotees participate in Mega event with the belief of taking a holy dip into the sacred water of the Ganges River will pave the way for their salvation and they will get rid of their sins.
Whereas more than 120 million pilgrims are expected to participate in the festival – which will be of more than eight weeks – millions of people took a holy dip in the icy waters during first Shahi Snan, or the Royal Bath, which began in the morning at 4 am on Tuesday.
As a part of the Shahi Snan, the monks or sadhus or seers belonging to 13 Akhadas take a dip in the holy rivers along the banks of Ganges near to the spot where the Mela takes place.
Describing this as ‘Akhanda beyond sexuality’, Kinnar Akhada also called their first-time participation at the Kumbh 2019 as an initiative towards the acceptance in the society. Before this, Kinnar Akhara Mahamandaleshwar, Acharya, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi dug out the pride and confidence while talking about her Akhada’s debut at this huge gathering of pilgrims. Tripathi said, “To me, coming to this divine Prayagraj Kumbha is a wonderful situation.
Tripathi also said, “For me, we are one of the most conservative societies in the world where the acceptance of the third gender is remarkably outstanding. For us, this participation is about mainstream society accepting us. This is Akhada beyond sexuality. The creator is within us and once we perish we will go back to him. Our doors are open for all.”In addition to the saints and seers, foreign tourists have also come to participate in the grand event.
The Kumbh Mela will end on March 4.