Kumbh Mela - Be a Part of the Largest World Event
Maha Kumbh Mela
- the grandest fair in the world is the must place to visit before you become mortal, as it is the most auspicious fair where you will get a unique chance to transverse your soul and become immortal, by taking a holy dip into the pious water's of river Ganges. Bathing in the holy river of Ganga is the only way to free yourself of the worldly sins and guilt of your life. Succumb yourself in the most pious fair of Kumbh which is supported by a series of legends. The most important one revolving around Lord Indra who was carrying the divine nectar, 'Amrit' to seek penance for the sins committed by him. It was during this search for immortality that the sacred nectar spilled at the four cities of Allahabad, Ujjain, Haridwar and Nasik, making them the religious host of this Maha Kumbh Fair. Taking place once in twelve year at the four pious cities is the Maha Kumbh Mela, while the Ardh Kumbh Mela, is held every 6th year in all these four holy cities too are equally interesting.
It is the religious belief and sanctity that makes Kumbh festival a truly different experience to witness. Million of tourists throng to Haridwar or Allahabad to take the holy dip. Being a spectator is the best option while in the Kumbh Mela. Experience a new vibrant scene at every corner of the city. There will be masses of people taking dips in sacred Ganga river, devout clad in saffron sheets, and thousands of people engaged in their own rituals on the Ghats. Here you will get a chance to experience the religious discussions, devotional singing, mass feeding of devotees and religious assemblies where philosophies are discussed and standardized. It is quite amazing to encounter the 'Naga Sadhus' (bare holy figures) who remain bare clothed even during severe winters, showcasing immense physical resistance. Covered in ashes, these divine priest are believed to be spiritual souls and often surrounded by devotees touching their feet to seek blessings. As you spend some time among the spiritual ambiance, you will feel a strange emotion descend upon you. The holiness of the festival at Kumbh is so forgiving that your heart will feel free of all selfishness and an unknown peace will overpower you. Kumbh Fair is the largest congregation of its kind in the world, so it should definitely be visited by one and all.
Holiness Bestowed at the Kumbh Mela in India
More than the rituals other important aspect of this fair includes Ayurvedic regimes and Yoga classes that are offered here. Tourist from all over come to utilize this chance to learn the way to right living from the great Gurus (teachers) themselves. Besides these captivation, do not miss the healing therapies of Ayurveda, Acu-pressure, and meditation that is explained as well as taught here. If interested in occult teaching then in Kumbh fair spiritual practices are also demonstrated in the ashrams. Emphasis is laid on the philosophy of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra that will help you in purification of your soul.
Regardless of all material barriers of caste, creed, religion, the Kumbh Mela has exerted a spellbinding charm over the minds and the imaginations of the tourists worldwide. So what are you waiting for, next Maha Kumbh mela in the year 2010 will be held among the foothills of Himalaya in Haridwar. Ardh Kumbh mela in the same year will await you in Ujjain. Your tour during Kumbh Mela will be an opportunity for you to understand the most idealistic yet baffling Indian culture from propinquity. Enjoy every inch of this largest world event as it will reveal some of the unexplored beliefs and rituals and you definitely deserve to be a part of it.