Mera Kumbh Mahan>>>
Maha Kumbh, Maha Congregation, Maha Religion, Maha Spiritualism!
Circa 2013, February 10:
This is when my younger brother Prabhat Varma visited Mahakumbh at Allahabad (Prayag) on auspicious day of Mauni Amavysa along with his associate B L Soni. All the way it was an illuminating experience for him, given the fact that he is a very spiritual person. I was quite surprised when he told me that he is visiting Kumbh Mela at Allahabad. I had heard lot of stories about Kumbh that it is very difficult to get in there and of course Bollywood’s lost and found was also there at the back of my mind. All these days I prayed that their mission is successful. My prayers were answered and what an experience it turned out to be. He was kind enough to share with me his experience for my readers and Blogadda fraternity.
In his words, “It was an experience of its kind. No where I had seen such a huge religious congregation particularly that day where a sea of humanity had gathered to take a dip in holy Ganges at Allahabad. There were just heads and heads and more heads all over.”
He shared, “We walked around 16-17 Kms one way to reach the ghats for that much cherished holy dip. The scene was so overwhelming that I could not believe myself that we were actually there. In the chilling cold water – the dip was pure bliss. You have to experience it to believe it!
Such huge were the crowds that Prabhat could not even remove his camera from his bag to click some pictures. Now was the turn to take the round of the ground where activity was at its peak – Aaartis, Shobha Yatras, Religious Performances, Naga Sadhus, Foreigners taking holy dip, enjoying chillum, food sellers, nits-bits sellers…
The arrangements were something to talk about, to manage such a sea of humanity, probably the biggest in the world. The U P Government had made elaborate arrangements for stay etc. in the form of tents where pilgrims could stay on the Ghats and take a dip in spirituality whenever they wanted to.
No thoughts crossed his mind on that day except that he was witness to biggest religious celebration of the world.
No wonder, Kumbha Mela is “the world’s most massive act of faith’ – the largest congregation of devotees at one place. It is believed that by bathing in the Ganges during Kumbh, one is freed from one’s past sins (karma), and thus becomes eligible for liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
According to astrological calculations, the Kumbha Mela is held every twelve years and begins on Makar Sankranti, the day when the sun and moon enter Capricorn and Jupiter enters Aries. The astrological configuration on Makar Sankranti is called ” Kumbhasnanayoga” and is considered to be especially auspicious, as it is said that the passage from Earth to the higher planets is open at that time, thus allowing the soul to easily attain the celestial world.
That year Makar Sankranti fell ll on 14th January 2013 and the Maha Kumbh Mela began with all the pomp and glory for which it is famous. It is impossible to capture the festival. Indeed, it is the festival that captures us. Words, film, print, and paper cannot do justice to the event — it is the one which has to be experienced personally like my brother Prabhat and Soni Bhaiyya did!.
The combined sanctity of the three holy rivers, coupled with the spiritual powers obtained from the pot of nectar of immortality has earned Prayag (Allahabad) as tirtharaja ( the king of holy places). The confluence of India’s three most sacred rivers at Allahabad , Besides the Ganges, there are also two other sacred rivers located at Allahabad, the Yamuna and the Saraswati . Ganges & Yamuna has its earthly origin in the Himalayas, whereas Saraswati, is a mystical river which has no physical form.
For my brother Prabhat it was a life altering experience, may be for the next Kumbh, I follow his foot prints to be there.
Pictures Courtesy: Prabhat Varma