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IN People ON 04 May, 2016
Millions of devotees have gathered at the largest human gathering for taking holy bath and removing the sins of their life. Simhastha 2016 is grabbing eyeballs due to the unique styles of saints spotted at the event. These saints religiously follow the rituals and principles of their own community.
Some spiritual preachers have even established themselves as separate entity of saints such as Pilot baba, Computer baba etc. Indian saints are generally referred to as Babas, Gurus or Maharajas. Let's check out the characteristics of 10 weirdest types of saints in India.
Naga Saints are the naked holy monks who ardently follow the tradition and rituals of Hindu religion. They lead a life free from greed, lust, desire, money and ego. Naga Saints eat only once in a day and always wear a rudraksha necklace around their necks.
Aghori Saints practice rituals that are contradictory to Hinduism. Hindus don't like these saints as they practice post-mortem rituals and engage in black magic. They generally prefer to reside in haunted places for meditation and austerity.
Kapil Singh aka Pilot Baba is a 77-year-old Indian spiritual saint from Sasaram, Bihar. He became a saint after serving as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force. Thus, he is named as Pilot Baba. This Saint is the author of many books such as Pearls of Wisdom, Pilgrimage from You to Yourself etc.
Computer Baba aka Namdeo Das Tyagi is a 51-year-old bearded saint from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He is known as Computer Baba because he is always seen carrying a laptop with him. This so-called computer saint came into the limelight while protesting for Aamir Khan's movie PK in Bhopal.
Meher Baba is an Indian spiritual saint who claimed that he is the human incarnation of God. He never uttered a single word from 1925 until his death in 1969. Meher Baba used to communicate with sign boards and hand gestures.
Bittu Bhagat alias Golden Baba hails from a Punjabi Kakkar family in Delhi. This saint is named as Golden Baba because he always remains embedded in gold jewellery and accessories. Golden Baba is always seen wearing over 11.5 kg of gold worth crores around his neck and hands.
Tamari Maharaj is known as Dhuni Baba because he has been sitting in front of a thick smoke coming out of fire for the last 20 years in his life. This religious saint hails from Umardha village of Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh. Dhuni Baba never speaks anything; his disciples speak to the general people on behalf of him.
This standing saint is also known as Khadeshwar Maharaj who meditates and practices austerity in a strange manner. He performs all the daily chores such as sleeping, eating etc. by standing. He has not sat down since 1988. Standing Baba believes that austerity of saints safeguards the well-being of the world.
Ramnaresh Desai Maharaj is born in Gujarat and currently residing in Bihar. He prefers to stay in underground wherever he goes. Underground Baba has been residing in caves since 1997. He finds inner peace and spirituality under the ground.
Bindu Maharaj is passionate about gems and strange-looking ornaments. This saint wears 21 large rings in 10 fingers and several rudraksha ornaments around his neck. Bindu Maharaj has a large tattoo of snakes in his arms to protect himself from the negative energy of earth and climate.
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