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Pics of 18-inch-tall sadhu weighing 18 kg at Kumbh Mela 2021 go viral
He is touted to be 'World's Smallest Saint' who is present at the world-famous religious gathering.
The mammoth 'Kumbh Mela' is an event that every Hindu saint looks forward to. They come from different parts of the country to be a part of it.
With their dreadlocks and rosaries around their necks, they tend to get a lot of attention. However, a holy man named Narayan Nand Giri Maharaj or 'Naga Sadhu' is grabbing eyeballs in the pilgrimage city. The reason being, his height is just 18 inches and he weighs around 18 kg.
He is touted to be 'World's Smallest Saint' who is present at the world-famous religious gathering. The 55-year-old man cannot walk or stand on his own. He is taken care of by his disciple named Umesh.
Nand Giri Maharaj is seated in front of the temple with his disciple beside him. One by one, people come to him to seek his blessings while he is busy with his rosary. "People seek his blessings and they feel very nice. They take selfies with him, offer prayers." Umesh told Reuters.
He also added that the saint is a frequent visitor in places where the Kumbh Mela is organized.
The Kumbh Mela started today in Haridwar. It will end on April 30. With COVID-19 in the air, the authorities have asked all devotees to come with a COVID negative report. The locals are also asked to do the needful in order to attend the festival.
The dangerous second wave is already looming over the country. According to The Hindu on March 21, the health ministry stated that around 10-20 pilgrims are testing positive in Rishikesh and Haridwar every day.