HARIDWAR, INDIA, February 1, 2020: Time came to a standstill in Haridwar on Saturday. Devotees waited for hours to witness the royal procession of sadhus, including ash-smeared Naga sanyasins. The peshwai, as the procession is called, began from Pandeywala area of the holy town at noon and concluded at Mayadevi temple of the Juna akhara around 9 pm.
For nine hours, the roads of Haridwar witnessed the saints passing through on elephants, ponies, chariots and tractor- pulled gold and silver thrones. Many holy men travelled on foot, while others took cars.
The peshwai marks the arrival of sadhus of a particular camp at the venue of the Maha Kumbh mela. On Saturday, the Juna and Agni Akharas took out the processions. Many more will take out their rallies in the days to come.
The procession wound through 5 miles with locals taking part in festivities by offering the sadhus flowers, water and food.