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IN People ON 21 Apr, 2016
Naga means mountain i.e. people residing in and around mountains are referred as 'Naga.' Naga Saints are the naked holy monks who ardently follow the traditions and rituals of Hindu religion. They lead a life free from greed, lust, desire, money and ego. Such tough life can hardly be imagined by common people.
Alexander the Great also met Naga Saints during his stay in India. These saints are completely devoted to their religion and motherland that is quite evident by their mass participation in Simhastha. Nagas are the superhumans in the world.
Check out these 15 shocking facts about Naga Saints you have never heard before.
Their exercises are more difficult than any level of millitary preparations in the world.
Naga Saints brutally beheaded the Muslim army of Aurangzeb, who tried to destroy their temples and sculptures.
Nagas never indulge into $exual relationship in their entire life.
Hindu youths in the age group of 16-18 years are eligible to join the community of Naga Saints.
They declare themselves dead for their family and society before stepping into the new world of Nagas. Naga Saints then receive new name and identity from their Guru (mentor).
At times, Nagas can use a single saffron cloth to cover the private parts of their body so that common people don't hesitate to talk to them. Instead of using creams and perfumes, Naga Saints prefer to rub their body with ashes.
They are not permitted to remove the necklace in their whole life.
These naked holy monks can beg for food in maximum 7 houses in a day. If they are unable to get anything from those 7 houses, they need to stay hungry for the whole day.
At times, they can use a piece of cloth to cover themselves.
Naga Saints need to stay at a considerable distance from the common people. They never greet or humiliate anyone but every saint needs to bow in front of one another.
Sometimes, this period can even extend to 20-30 years.
In fact, women from several countries assemble to be a part of Naga community every year.
Their tilak need to remain in the same place and uniformly spread throughout the day.
They always keep swords and axes with them for self-defence.
These monks believe that a sage with long hairs is more active, diligent, hefty and brave.
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