A dreadlocked, 18-inch tall ‘Naga Sadhu’, that is, a Hindu Holy Man, wearing Rosary Beads with dreamy eyes was the new trendsetter at ‘Kumbh Mela’, the world’s largest Religious festival. He is being claimed as the ‘World’s Smallest Saint’.
Narayan Nand Giri Maharaj, a 55-year old saint, has become the center of attraction for devotees, who seek his blessings in the Northern Pilgrimage town of Haridwar.
Nand Giri Maharaj weighs 18 kilograms and can not stand up or walk! He is looked after by his disciple, Umesh.
Narayan Nand Giri Maharaj, 55, is 18 inches tall and weighs 40 lbs. He cannot stand up or walk and is looked after by his disciple pic.twitter.com/UCnWAONM7B
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Umesh stated, “people seek his blessings and they are heartfelt by the same……. they click selfies with him.”
Another saint covered with beads is upcoming as the center of attraction as devotees are forming long queues to seek his blessings, as they believe it is a one-time opportunity to meet such a holy-man.
Many such ascetics, who worship the Hindu God, Lord Shiva, belong to monastic orders called Akharas and live in remote caves, stepping out for the Kumbh Mela, generally held once every three years in four cities.
Most of the Naga Saints, enter the lifecycle of an ascetic in their early ages, leaving behind their family and worldly possessions to answer the call of Shiva and follow his footsteps- devoting their lives in prayers.
They renounce their friends and families to embrace the circle of fellow Nagas- immersing themselves in deep Meditations, rigorous Yoga, learning religious rituals and scriptures, and seeking the highest form of spirituality.
it takes 6 years of celibate life, 12 years of rigorous prayers to Lord Shiva before an ascetic is conferred the revered title of a Naga.