Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender rights activist achieved a new milestone by taking the ‘shahi snan’ or the holy bath yesterday at the Sangam river with rest of her members at the largest religious gathering on earth, Kumbh Mela festival 2019.
Note: It was the first time during Kumbh Mela that the transgender community have been allowed to do so at the Sangam river, the confluence of 3 of the holiest rivers in Hindu mythology, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati.
Dressed in beautiful saffron and red saris, some members of the two-million-strong transgender community reached the river banks for taking the holy dip.
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi told reporters last week, “For us, this participation is about mainstream society accepting us. The creator is within us and once we die, we will go back to him. Our doors are open for all.”
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Later, she was present to give blessings to all the devotees at Kumbh Mela festival 2019.
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