The Biggest Gathering of Mankind on Earth…

 

Today I want you take to a city were three rivers form Himalaya come meet together. These river are Ganga , Yamuna & Sarswati and the point at which they meet is called Sangam. The city  were these river meet is Allahabad.

Allahabad is one of the city where Kumbh Takes place. So before I tell you more about Kumbh I want to give you little insight about Allahabad an Ancient city which was also known as Prayag. Allahabad was name given to this city by Mughals which actually means Garden of Allah Which is now symbol of is biggest gathering of mankind on earth because of Kumbh Mela .

Kumbh is divided in three parts and  held at all four places every three years.

  • Ardha Kumbh Mela: Held at Haridwar and Prayag every 6 years.
  • Purna Kumbh Mela: Held only at Prayag every 12 years.
  • Maha Kumbh Mela: Held only at Prayag every 144 years. 

     

 

After 144 years this was time for Maha Kumbh and it took Place at Prayag in 2013. Today  I am going to talk  about it.

So last year I joined with millions of people who were going to Allahabad to take part in Kumbh Mela. I suppose this is largest gathering of human being in history of our planet which is kind of world record. 30 million people took bath in  Sangam of three river at Kumbh in one day at Mauni Amavasya .

So what you expect to see in Kumbh? Kumbh is place where you can see power of religious practice which made Shadu or Sant so focused that they can practice those act which can’t be imaged by normal human being.

I was quite lucky to meet few of them. Some of them have not sat down for 10 years while some of them can pull car from their genitals. All this are done to get enlighten and get close to god by living all materialistic joy.

These festival are so big that whole new city is built on bank of river of Ganga to support millions of people who are coming here.

The festival’s most important historical figures have been the naga akhadas, militant ascetic orders whose members formerly made their living as mercenary soldiers and traders. These akhadas still monopolize the holiest spots at each Kumbh’s most propitious moment, and although the government now enforces an established bathing order, history records bloody disputes between groups vying for precedence.

Aside from the akhadas, attendees at the Kumbh Mela come from all sections of Hindu religious life, ranging from sadhus (holy men), who remain naked year-round or practice the most severe physical discipline, to hermits, who leave their isolation only for these pilgrimages, and even to silk-clad teachers .

 

Kumbh is not only about seeing all these amazing things but it’s also a way to find your spirituality. Many comes here to find answers of the question what they have from their life. Some find the answer some don’t but many of them find new path of spirituality and try to uncover biggest mystery of all time “Life”  and find a pathfinder in form of teacher who can help them to get the answer of their complex question.

Many in past have visited this magical land too and many will follow to get the answer about their life, spirituality and other question. The quest will continue and at Kumbh many will find their answer.

 

Schedule For Up Coming Kumbh

The next Kumbha Mela will be held at Nashik (Maharashtra) from 14 July to 25 September 2015

 

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Sunset at Hooghly River

History says civilization started at bank of river and all great city grown around river. Cities  like  London developed around the Thames. Rome was built on Tiber as did Paris around Siene.

India is not different. Delhi was built around Yamuna , Banaras the oldest city was built on Ganges and Kolkata next to Hooghly.

My Journey from Bangalore to Kolkata was coming to end. I was supposed to meet one of my friend after long time and my next train from Howrah  to Patna was after 6 hours. So I was having lot of time to hang around with my old friend. But before reaching Howrah  I got call from my friend that he will be late. It was quite irritating for me.

When I reached station I was clueless what to do. I moved towards waiting lounge of Howrah  station and thought to park myself for couple of hours. Howrah  is a big and Old Railway station built in 1854, has huge lobby in waiting area. I was walking along the lobby with tea in my hand, watching the wonderful view of Howrah  Bridge and Hooghly  River when it struck to me why to waste time when I can explore something beautiful and great.

I kept my luggage at clock room and moved out of station. Just opposite  of Howrah station there is ticket counter for ferry which will take you across Hooghly  from Howrah  to Kolkata. The beauty of the Hooghly  can be enjoyed from the ferry ghat.

Hooghly  is distributary of the Ganges  in West Bengal. Just before entering the twin cities of Kolkata (Calcutta) and Howrah, it turns to the southwest. At Nurpur it enters an old channel of the Ganges and turns south to empty into the Bay of Bengal.

Hooghly  is broad river which changes its color with change in time and color of sky. It looks beautiful at evening when sun changes its color frequently form white to yellow to orange to pink. The image of sun forms a beautiful strip of rays on river which gives it beautiful color. Slowly as sun goes down the view of river is breath taking.

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From the ferry you can see the two beautiful  suspended giant like cable structure on Hooghly, these are Iconic Howrah Bridge and Vidyasagar Setu, a marvel of Old day Engineering and Modern Engineering . Howrah  Bridge was open for public on 3 Feb 1943, 71 years ago  while Vidyasagar Setu was open on 10 October 1992. Slowly as darkness comes down the lightning on these bridge and bank of river gives an amazing portrait view to river.

The Beautiful Sunset can also be seen from Millennium park . Millennium Park is a public park in Kolkata, situated along the Strand Road on eastern shore of Hooghly River for a stretch of 2.5 km near Babughat and opposite to Koilaghat. The park is open from 11am-8pm.

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Along the side of river there are there are many Ghats some of famous Ghats to Visit are

Princep Ghat
The Princep Ghat was built in the everlasting memory of James Princep who was an extraordinarily brilliant research and at one point of time served as the honorable Secretary of the hallowed Asiatic Society.

Outram Ghat
The quaint looking Outram ghat located to the south of Babughat is one of Kolkata’s premier riverside entertainment spots. In many ways, the Outram Ghat is a multipurpose ghat. You can bathe, can conduct ceremonies of birth and death and during the festive season, idols can also be immersed at Outram Ghat.

Two of the most popular bathing ghats are the Babughat and Armenian ghat.

It’s worth to travel along Hooghly River and understand how this great river has helped a civilization to grow and flourish on the bank of river.

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