The Atal Akhada is one of the oldest Akhadas and is closely associated with the Mahanirvani Akhada. During the Shahi Snan, the Atal Akhada and the Mahanirvani Akhada join the procession together.
History of the Atak Akhada
My name is Shri Sanatan Bharati. I am secretary of Shambhu Panchayati Akhada Dashnami Sanyasi. There are seven Akhadas in Dashnami Sanyas, of which only one is ‘Atal’. It was founded in 722 AD, almost 1400 years ago, by Jagatguru Shri Shankaracharya. It was founded for revival and sustenance of Sanatan Vedic Dharma. He founded 4 Mathas in four directions for sustenance and revival of the four Vedas. Dashnami Sanyas Sampradaya was also initiated by Him. Seven Akhadas were founded, one of which is Shambhu Panchayati Akhada.
Presently we have approx 500 sadhus in the Akhada. Other Akhadas have greater number of sadhus, with Shri Pancha Dashnam Juna Akhada biggest the biggest with over 2 lakh sants. The base or the main branch of our Akhada is at Kutwapara Shakh Hanuman, Varanasi. We have branches in Haridwar and Nasik . Attempts are on to start one each in Prayagraj (Allahabad) and Ujjain too. During Kumbha Mela new sadhus get Deeksha by the great Sadhus of this Akhada whi gather during Kumbha Mela from all over the country. The main purpose is maintenance and renovation of of Mathas , Temples and protection of Gaumata and Brahmins. Our Sadhus travel wherever there is a need and do their Dharma with the help of sadhus of other Akhadas, government and society at large.
Gaumata is higly worshipped in our Hindu Dharma, 33 crore Devi and Devtas reside in her, as mentioned in our Vedas and Scriptures. Unfortunately, cow slaughter is on the rise in our country. Many new Gaushalas have been built but not being properly maintained, despite efforts of the government and society. Every Hindu needs to decide to take care of at least one Gaumata.