From pariah to demi-god: transgender leader a star at Indian festival
Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi (C), chief of the "Kinnar Akhada" congregation for transgender people and other membemore
Members of the "Kinnar Akhada" congregation give blessings to devotees during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bamore
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi speaks to her followers during Kumbh Mela. "After centuries down the line, it was when more
Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi rides on a camel during a religious procession ahead of the Kumbh Mela. Many at the fmore
Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi dances and sings with her followers during Kumbh Mela. Little changed after independemore
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi shows her tattoos during Kumbh Mela. Tripathi is one of the best known transgender peopmore
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi takes a selfie with followers during Kumbh Mela. The place of hijras in Indian culture more
Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi speaks to her followers during Kumbh Mela. Today, despite their legal recognition, mamore
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi holds a baby of her follower during Kumbh Mela. Born in 1979 in Thane, a suburb of Indimore
Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi takes a dip during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at Kumbh Mela. Long recognizedmore
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi attends evening prayers with followers during Kumbh Mela. In 2015, she founded her Akhamore
Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi sings with her followers during Kumbh Mela. Devout Hindus believe bathing in the watemore
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi leaves after taking a dip during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) during Kumbh Mela.more
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi blesses her followers during Kumbh Mela. On the first royal bathing day on Tuesday, Trimore
Members of the "Kinnar Akhada" congregation take a dip during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at Kumbh Melmore
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi embraces a follower during Kumbh Mela. Tripathi has courted controversy with support fomore
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi sings with her followers during Kumbh Mela. "There has been an attempt by the right to more
People arrive at "Kinnar Akhara" congregation at Kumbh Mela. Tripathi plans to spend the rest of the Kumbh fesmore
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