The Maha Kumbh Mela, the grand spiritual expo, as Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar calls it, is in full swing for 55 days at the holy city of Allahabad. Sri Sri is at the Maha Kumbh Mela on February 13, 14 and 15.
This year, in 2013, we are witnessing the Maha Kumbh which happens after 12 purna kumbhs, every 144 years, and always at the holy city of Allahabad. The city is also famouly called as Tirtha Raj Prayag with the holy confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Apart from Maha Kumbh Mela which comes once every 144 years, we have two other kinds of kumbh: 1)Ardh (or half) kumbh is held every six years at two set locations (Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain); 2) purna (full) kumbh which alternates every 12 years at four set locations (Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain).
The Art of Living volunteers have built a beautiful camp at Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, keeping with the founder’s mission of bringing joy, enthusiasm and love into the lives of people everywhere.
The Art of Living Maha Kumbh Melacamp, set up in Sector-8, plot no. 2, Naag Vasuki Road is packed during the day with devotees gathered to hear Katha on Srimad Bhagavatam by Art of Living Swamijis.
Daily Rudrabhishek pooja and meditation in the morning is followed by Divya Satsang in the evenings at the Maha Kumbh camp.
At night, the Art of Living camp turns into a shelter for hundreds of pilgrims at the Maha Kumbh.
The Maha Kumb Mela camp managed by Art of Living Swamijis is also providing Free Naadi (Ayurvedic) check up, apart from running a Bhandara (food supply) for all pilgrims visiting the camp.
The camp, set up right on the banks of the Ganga with the Ghats of the holy city of Prayag gives a breathtaking view from the front. For Maha kumbh Mela Accommodation near the Art of Living Camp contact- 9651492637.
The upcoming Maha Kumbh Mela bathing dates are:
|15th February 2013||Friday||Basant Panchami Snan|
|17th February 2013||Sunday||Rath Saptami Snan|
|18th February 2013||Monday||Bhisma Ashtami Snan|
|25th February 2013||Monday||Maghi Purnima Snan|
|10th March 2013||Sunday||Shivaratri Snan|
Explaining the significance of the Kumbha Mela, Sri Sri says, “Kumbh means a pot of a pitcher and it represents completeness. In the ancient times, all the sages, who felt complete and content- enlightened would gather at Kumbh Mela and relieve themselves of the burden of the merits gained through Sadhana by bathing in the rivers. Water has the quality to absorb the energy that they radiate. The seekers, who come from all corners to be in the company of the seers and saints, gain that merit when they take a dip in the rivers.
When you experience that fullness and contentment within yourself, you too would become like a kumbh – a pot full with contentment and joy.
On why Kumbh Mela comes every 12 years, Sri Sri explains, “In the ancient days, organizing a mega event like this every year would be very expensive and also tiring, as people had to walk many miles to attend it. So it was decided to organize the Kumbh Mela every 12 years.”
“This was also done in accordance with the revolution of Brihaspati (the planet Jupiter) around the Sun, which takes 12 years. So on the basis of this, the Kumbh Mela was held once every 12 years, where everyone- Saints, wise sages, house-holders and even children come together and discuss about Divinity, the holy scriptures, and do Satsang.”
“By bathing in the Ganges the chitta (consciousness) becomes joyful. Your consciousness is purified. The sins are washed away. It’s so beautiful. The sins are so superficial that just by a dip in the Ganges they can be washed away. The ever-pure consciousness can never be dirtied.”
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