In this Jan. 27, 2019, photo, Hindu holy men of monastic order Juna Akhara participate in a ritual before becoming Naga Sadhus or naked holy men at Sangam, the confluence of three holy rivers during the Kumbh Mela or pitcher festival in Prayagraj Uttar Pradesh state, India. At every Kumbh, including this year's, thousands of devotees were initiated into the reclusive sect of the Naga Sadhus, naked, ash-smeared cannabis-smoking Hindu warriors and onetime-armed defenders of the faith who for centuries have lived as ascetics in jungles and caves.
In this Jan. 27, 2019, photo, Hindu holy men of monastic order Juna Akhara participate in a ritual before becoming Naga Sadhus or naked holy men at Sangam, the confluence of three holy rivers during the Kumbh Mela or pitcher festival in Prayagraj Uttar Pradesh state, India. At every Kumbh, including this year's, thousands of devotees were initiated into the reclusive sect of the Naga Sadhus, naked, ash-smeared cannabis-smoking Hindu warriors and onetime-armed defenders of the faith who for centuries have lived as ascetics in jungles and caves. Rajesh Kumar Singh AP Photo
In this Jan. 27, 2019, photo, Hindu holy men of monastic order Juna Akhara participate in a ritual before becoming Naga Sadhus or naked holy men at Sangam, the confluence of three holy rivers during the Kumbh Mela or pitcher festival in Prayagraj Uttar Pradesh state, India. At every Kumbh, including this year's, thousands of devotees were initiated into the reclusive sect of the Naga Sadhus, naked, ash-smeared cannabis-smoking Hindu warriors and onetime-armed defenders of the faith who for centuries have lived as ascetics in jungles and caves. Rajesh Kumar Singh AP Photo