Sant Akhada displeased as the State Government has declared the MahaShivaratri Rajayogi Snan as a normal Snan in the Haridwar Kumbh Mela!

Saints, mahants and Shankaracharyas ought to be given the authority to take decisions regarding Hindu religious acts without the interference of any Government party. The BJP Government’s interference in the present scenario is totally unacceptable to Hindus!

Haridwar (Uttarakhand) – The Government has announced the dates of Rajayogi (Shahi) snan during the 2021 Kumbh Mela. As they have declared the MahaShivaratri Rajayogi snan to be a ‘normal snan’ day, the sanyasi community have expressed their displeasure against this decision. Seven sanyasi akhadas are included in the Akhil Bharat Akhada Parishad.

Mahant Narendra Giri
  1. Mahant Narendra Giri, President of Akhil Bharat Akhada Parishad and member of Niranjani Akhada has said, “The Government has not taken me and the Akhada Parishad into confidence in this matter. The Government has taken this decision in a unilateral and hurried manner”.
  2. A statement issued by the Akhadas said, “Previously, the Rajayogi Snan dates would be announced only after having a discussion with the Akhada Parishad. MahaShivaratri is an important festival for the akhadas and they make elaborate preparations for the Rajayogi Snan on this day.”
  3. Moreover, these Akhadas have not been given permission to have Rajayogi Snan in the present ongoing Yamuna Kumbh (Sant Samagam) in Vrindavan. Thus, they are deprived of Rajayogi Snan at both Haridwar and Vrindavan as well.