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