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Kumbh Mela 2019: Kinnar Akhada Participates For The First Time

The latest addition to the existing 13 Akharas in Kumbh 2019 is Kinnar Akhara. It has set up a camp in Sector 12, about 6-7 kms away from other Akharas, at Prayagraj Kumbh, which attracts hundreds of thousand devotees daily. For the first time, Kinnar Akhada became the first transgender group to bathe at the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati on the first day of Ardh Kumbh Mela. Juna Akhara, a traditional and powerful akhara, has given the recognition to them and allowed it to be a part of the Shahi Snan.

February 18, 2019

Kinnar Akhara head Laxmi Narayan Tripathi extends blessings to police personnel and other devotees at her tent, during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Kinnar Akhada's Mahamandaleshwar Bhawani Nath Valmiki performs daily rituals as devotees look on, during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Kinnar Akhara head Laxmi Narayan Tripathi hugs a devotee as a gesture to extend blessings, during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Rowdy Mai, a member of Kinnar Akhara, during evening prayers at the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Members of Kinnar Akhara take a holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami, during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees seek blessings from members of Kinnar Akhara, at Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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Members of Kinnar Akhara, during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Members of Kinnar Akhara perform as visitors and devotees look on, during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Security personnel take photos with a member of Kinnar Akhara, during Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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Pushpa Mai, a senior member of the Kinnar Akhara, uses her mobile phone during some free time ahead of evening rituals, at Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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