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‘Nagas’ undergo 12 years of rigorous training to become Hindu warrior

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 03:38 PM IST

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Ujjain :  The 13 Akharas are considered as the foundation of Hinduism and Naga Sadhus of these Akharas are considered as army of Akharas. Whenever in past Mughals, Mangols, British or other invaders tried to invade the country and attacked Hinduism; lakhs of Naga Sadhus martyred themselves to protect the religion.

 To become a Naga of Vaishnav Akharas, Sadhus have to undergo long and rigorous training and rise step by step to higher echelons by proving their mettle to Nagateet who provides them warfare training. In a friendly talk, Shri Mahant of Nirmohi Ani, saint Madanmohan Das informed about the different posts of the Akhara to Free Press team at his camp located in Mangalnath zone. The junior most position of a Sadhu of the Akhara is known as Huddanga. After 3 years of rigorous training he rises to the position of Khiladi, followed by Rakmi and Nagapani. After a Nagapani attends all the Kumbh Mela’s of Allahabad, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain and also becomes skilled in warfare, he is promoted to the rank of Nagateet, which is the highest position in the cadre of Nagas. It takes 12 years for a Sadhu to become a Nagateet, said the saint. Initially Nagateets provide training of wrestling, swordsmanship and warfare to the newly inducted Huddanga’s in the Akhara. They are also promoted to the ranks of Mahnats and Shri Mahants in due course of time. A very few reach up to the rank of Jagadguru as per their potential.

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Published on: Sunday, May 08, 2016, 12:23 AM IST