Simhastha 2016 is organized in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh India. The procedure of becoming Naga saints started on 5th May at the 'Juna Akhada' of Kumbh Mela. About 700 individuals have already participated today in the religious ceremony of Nagas. The ceremony started at 12 pm and will last for at least 18 hours till 6 am the next day.
New Naga saints will be added to the community after undergoing the ceremony. It is expected that at least 2000 new Naga saints will be enrolled in this programme conducted by different akhadas in Simhastha 2016.
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The ceremony for female saints will be conducted on 7th May. Saints will be required to perform several rituals such as cutting hair, last rites etc.
The religious ceremony of Naga saints takes place after having holy bath in the Simhastha. Participants need to undergo several steps before becoming Naga saints.
Naked holy monks religiously serve God and people of their homeland.
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Then they are given entry in the akhada.
Brahmacharya implies compulsory renunciation of sex and marriage.
They need to follow the five gurus (mentors) i.e. Shiv, Vishnu, Shakti, Surya, Ganesh of Hinduism.
Participants need to perform their last rites and consider themselves dead for their family before stepping in the new world of Nagas. They are not allowed to cut their hair for long decade.
They are needed to recite a particular guru mantra given to them for lifetime. Nagas need to specialize in martial arts. They need to keep swords and axes with them for self-defence.
Naked holy monks are permitted to wear only a Rudraksha necklace around their necks. They need to use ashes instead of clothes to cover themselves. Nagas need to sleep on the ground only. At times, they can use a piece of cloth to cover themselves.
Naga Saints need to live at a considerable distance from the common people. They are not allowed to greet or humiliate anyone but every saint needs to bow in front of another saint. Naga Saints cover their entire forehead with tilak which need to remain uniform throughout the day.
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