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Atheist-turned-ascetic Australian man becomes centre of attraction at Kumbh Mela

IndiaTimes Friday, 18 January 2019
He sits in sharp contrast to the dark-skinned sadhus around him at Kumbh, smoking from a chillum, his white hair tied atop his hair. And yet, he too is an ascetic. It turns out that an Australian baba has become the centre of attraction in this year's Kumbh Mela. The ascetic, who goes by the name Sharabhang Giri says he was an aethist before turning into a Hindu.
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