Submit :
News                      Photos                     Just In                     Debate Topic                     Latest News                    Articles                    Local News                    Blog Posts                     Pictures                    Reviews                    Recipes                    
  
Sakhi sect's participation in Maha Kumbh: A way to Moksha that transcends gender
In the ongoing Mahakumbh at Allahabad, one can find the sadhus belonging to Sakhi Sect of Krishna devotees - the men who dress up like Radha as 'lovers' or 'female friends' of Lord Krishna - as a reminder of the of sacred mythology of divine love of Radharani for Krishna as a way to Moksha. Decked in Choli and Saree or Lahnga along with make-up, the Sakhi Sect male devotees can be seen chanting bhajans and singing devotional songs to please Krishna on the ghats of river Ganges in a quest for Moksha.

According to Vithal C Nadkarni, in the sakhi-bekhis cult, the male members typically dress themselves as women to reinforce their identity as sakhis or girlfriends of Krishna and to attain a state of spiritual-high or divine love known as sakhi-bhava.

Furthermore, these devotees are deemed as 'sadhus' who cross-dress in private and adopt a less conspicuous nomadic lifestyle and generally worship Radha and celebrate Radha-ashtami along with singing the devotional songs dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Often willing men are made the Sakhi sect sadhus under the guidance of a guru. They first undergo some rituals, master spiritual practices, understand the concept of divine love and learn devotional songs to graduate as sakhis. Only after a few years of striving, the guru declares the aspirant a sadhu and gives him the woman’s dress as per the scriptures and other things like ornaments. The sakhis are supposed to refrain from the materialistic world and live a life of austerities.

From a spiritual point of view, ultimate reality is dissolution of life into divine love like that of Radha and Krishna. The cross-dressed sakhis sing devotional songs unmindful of the public opinion or glare since it is a state of being in divine love. They just want to be with their beloved Lord Krishna and nothing else. "Nirvana that transcends gender is a typical feature of sacred Indic mythology," as Vithal C Nadkarni puts it.

COMMENTS (1)
Guest
Name
Email Id
Verification Code
Email me on reply to my comment
Email me when other CJs comment on this article
}
Sign in to set your preference
Advertisement
merinews for RTI activists

Create email alerts

Total subscribers: 208819
Advertisement
Vibhav Kant Upadhyay
Vibhav Kant Upadhyay
Indian Super League Fixtures
Vibhav Kant Upadhyay japan visit
Vibhav Kant Upadhyay India Center
Vibhav Kant Upadhyay in Japan
Vibhav Kant Upadhyay in IJGPS
Vibhav Kant Upadhyay Japan
Not finding what you are looking for? Search here.