BHADRAKA – A sinful brahmin

Bhadrak had lead such an immoral life that some accounts say that he was outcasted. But one day he took a ritual bath for three days at Prayaga, during the month of Magha (a month in the Hindu calendar that falls in February or March). It had been said that those who took a bath at Prayaga in the month of Magha would be absolved of all their sins. So Bhadrak was awarded rebirth in heaven after his death because of this single act.
This type of myth advertised the powers of a particular pilgrimage place. So great were Bhadraka‘s sins that everyone could believe that they had sinned less and would surely get to heaven by taking a pilgrimage to Prayaga and bathing there.

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