Kumbh witnesses the inception of 'Kinnar Akhada' in Prayagraj
Prayagraj: For the very first time in Kumbh, Prayagraj will witness the participation of ‘Kinnar Akhada’ in which transgender priests will partake in the glorious Kumbh mela.
This move will turn out to be a historic one, as none of the transgenders have ever been involved in the holy occasion
The Akhada’s secretary Pavitra, said that their group has been preparing for two years, after the formation of the Akhada to participate in this pious festival.
The Kinnar Akhada member Lakshmi believes that this initiative will elevate the position of the third gender and enable them to be a part of mainstream society.
She said that their group is beyond sexuality and believes that all creatures are the creation of the Almighty and deserve a life of respect and dignity. This move will also initiate the revival of the status of transgenders in a conservative society like India.
Secretary Pavitra told that their group was quite excited to be a part of the Kumbh and now that they have arrived Prayagraj, they can’t control their enthusiasm.
The public has been very supportive and treating them with utmost respect. The extreme love and affection from the general public has boosted their morale.
However, they also faced some obstructions in the initial stage, told Pavitra as people were objecting on the name of ‘Kinnar Akhada’, but the group defied all odds and became a part of Kumbh. She said that people usually object to good things but that didn’t affect their determination and they are finally here.
The eminent Kumbh mela will commence from January 14 and will last till March 3. Devotees from all over the country will participate in the historic occasion.