Kumbh Snan is on at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna (many pronounce it as Jamuna) at Allahabad. This started with Makar Sankranti on the last 14th of this month as per the muhurat which, it is said, fell due after 143 years. It normally takes place after every twelve years with the exception of Ardh Kumbh, which falls due in between with a gap of six years. The event is aimed at seeking Moksha (salvation) against the very cycle of birth and rebirth. The crowd measured in terms of the participants this year has been estimated as more than a crore of the people from all around the world. Each of them took dips in the holy river with the prayer for their salvation. Besides saints and sages of great significance, the Naga Sadhus, mainly from the North East, are the biggest attraction. Basically they were the warriors entrusted with the responsibility of spreading the message of Hinduism throughout the country by the Aadi Shankaracharya, and right from the days of their initiation as such they are maintaining the tradition till date. Their living style is highly typical remaining thoroughly naked all the time always equipped with their armoury besides their trishul, bows and arrows as a symbol of their masculinity display of which they make sumptuously by openly thronging naked distinctly showing their male organ publicly. They never tolerate any sort of interference in their life style. Once in a Kumbh Mela like this, a Naga Sadhu gave a demonstration by dragging a jeep through his male organ tied to it with a rope. They hardly permit any question on their way of living.
Why they use so much of make up material on their face and the whole body keeping a colourful headgear on their skull was the question some one in the crowd raised. Their reply was simple. They said whatever they are doing is all a matter of their own personal satisfaction. The more they feel satisfied within themselves, the more near they are to their God. They don’t use any sort of a cosmetic from the market, they rather keep ash as the material for the purpose which they smear on whole of their body with a sandal tilak on their forehead coupled with rudraksha bees on their neck and arms. They have the faith that this sort of the make up they do satisfies Lord Shiva, their God.