Sadhus in Kumbh – Naga

Naga Sadhus – The Ubiquitous sight in a Kumbh Mela

Naga Sadhu smeared in ash sitting in Kumbh Camp

One of the most enduring images of the Kumbh Meal is thousands of naked men running into the Ganges, well they are called The Naga Sadhus.

Nagas taking first dip in Shahi Snan
Shahi Snan (Royal Bath) Nagas Privilege to take first dip

Why Naga Sadhu are Naked? 

Naga simply means naked, so they are the naked sadhus. You can say that they are the ultimate form of a detached Sadhu. The principle of a Sadhu is quite clear: they practice detachment. They have cut all ties with their family so that they don’t get attached, they are always on the move so that they can remain detached from geographical locations and they don’t have a lot of belongings.

What is Naga Sadhu’s philosophy? 

Naga Sadhus live a life of anonymity. They do not interact with the general public and live in caves, forests and deep inside the jungles and live a life of hardships and worship the ultimate god, Lord Shiva.

Meditation of Naga Sadhu

Why Naga Sadhu smoke Marijuana / Chillum and how it makes difference in there life? 

Naga Sadhu having chillum marijuana

The Naga Sadhus have unique characteristic features drawing inspiration from the famous Hindu god Shiva. They hold tridents crowned with human skulls. Their bodies are smeared in thick ash and they wear heavy coils of matted hair on the head. These saints remain completely naked even during biting cold. They smoke Marijuana through a pipe called a Chillum or Shiv Muli and consume bhang that comes from the hemp plant. They use it as a tool to avoid the worldly distraction yet have self-control even in the intoxicated state. But as they advance in spiritual life they renounce intoxication too.

Purpose of Naga Sadhu’s life

Naga Sadhus wearing rudraksha mala
Naga Sadhu roped with Rudraksha Mala  (Rudraksha is a seed traditionally used as prayer beads in Hinduism. The seed is produced by several species of large evergreen broad-leaved tree in the genus Elaeocarpus, with Elaeocarpus ganitrus roxb being the principal specie. Source Wiki)

The Naga Sadhus renounce the materialistic world and practice celibacy to escape from the cycle of birth and death and to attend salvation.

Naga’s are considered to be practicing difficult way to attain Moksha and hence as a respect they have Kumbh Privilege 

Naga Sadhus in peace
Moksha/freedom from rebirth cycle and attain inner peace  is the Purpose of life for Naga Sadhu 

Naga sadhus are even accorded the respect of having the first dip in the Ganges during the ‘Shahi Snan’ (Royal or Privilege Bath) in the Kumbh Mela

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