Kumbh Mela

If crowds scare you: stay away.
This is huge: I'm talking about the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage attended in mass by devotees of each branch of Hinduism to live the experience of collective faith and to immerse themselves in the sacred waters of the Ganges, Shipra or Godavari rivers to rinse away the sins and every kind of evil from each human life.

We are talking about huge numbers, Maha Kumbh Mela in 2001 was attended by about 60 million people, while the one in Allahabad in 2013 by about 90 million members!

This celebration brings also many naked ascetics who live thanks to the offers, naga sadhus, who dedicate their lives to abandonment, renunciation. The sadhu can not have any connection with their family, they have very few things: a necklace resting on a tunic (longhi) whose colours change according to the devotion: saffron for Shaiva, yellow or white for Viṣṇuiti.

They feed with the gifts of the devotees and spend their lives on the streets of India and Nepal

The origins of this festival date back to the battle between good and evil, where demons and Gods fought for an amphora (kumbh) containing the nectar of' immortality.

Vishnu managed to get the cup, but during the escape four drops of nectar fell on earth at Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik.

 

The location depends on the zodiacal positions of Jupiter (Brihaspati) and the Sun, even lunar phases can come into play.

Among the four cities, Allahabad is the "holy" city of the Hindu religion as it is located on the right bank of the Ganges, near the confluence with the Yamuna.

India can give you unique emotions. Indians are so simple yet so high in the spirit and just a chat can make you fall in love with them...


Mark and I spent two months wandering around and, believe me, we can not wait to go back there again. It's a magical land and its appeal is so strong as its people.

 

 

Kumbh Mela is celebrated every three years between Allahabad, Nashik, Haridwar and Ujjain;
Ardh Kumbh Mela, Half Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years;
Maha Kumbh Mela, the Great Kumbh Mela every 12 years;

The next Kumbh Mela is held in Nashik.

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