A lot of people from the transgender community participated in Mahakumbh this year at Haridwar for the first time. They are still arriving to take part in royal baths.
The description of the third gender or transgender community has always been mentioned in “Hinduism beliefs”. Though, the community has been making a distance from Hindu rituals for a long time due to social prejudices. For the first time, however, the transgender community participated in Mahakumbh at Haridwar to perform age-old rituals.
The community is taking part in the ritual of Peshwayi, which is a royal procession, carried out by recognized Akhadas. Transgender seers are arriving in Haridwar to also participate in Shahi Snaan.
The community is perceiving the move as positive believing that Mahakumbh is likely to provide them a global recognition.
Transgender community participated in Mahakumbh after Ardh Kumbh
Before this, the transgender community was not allowed to take part in the royal baths.
As of now, 13 akhadas come under the head of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad. However, Akhada Parishad had allowed Kinnar Akhada, a separate sub-entity of Juna Akhada to take a holy dip and carry out the Royal procession in Ardh Kumbh Prayagraj (Allahabad) in 2019.