For the first time, a large number of eunuchs are expected to participate in the rituals of 2016 Simhastha-Kumbh to be held in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district, where a separate Kinnar (transgender) akhada has come up.
Rishi Ajaydas, a renowned spititual guru of Ujjain told PTI, “Ten thousand eunuchs from India and many transgenders from different parts of the world are expected to take part in the Simhastha which will be held from April 22 to May 21 next year.” He said, “We have already opened a separate akhada (camping ground) for Kinnars in my ashram on October 13. At this inaugural function, eunuchs from 17 states took part.”
Rishi Ajaydas has been working for uplifting eunuchs since last seven years. He create awareness of education, health and other things among this community.
The spiritual guru said, “We had talks with eunuchs of Bangkok, who are eager to take part in Simhastha.”
He said there were nearly 1.25 crore transgenders across the world.
Traditionally there are 13 akhadas for Simhastha. But with the new transgender one, this number will rise to 14.
The setting up of the new akhada might face opposition from the conservative seers, some devotees feel.
Ujjain Collector Kavindra Kiyawat told PTI, “Traditionally, 13 akhadas take part in Simhastha. There are no rules of their government recognition.”
Src : economictimes.indiatimes.com
Last Updated On: November 13, 2015