What does your mind start thinking when you hear the word ‘Kumbh’?
All may have their own definitions but the common thing that every one will relate to it is the Kumbh Mela. Mythologically the Kumbh Mela has its own story of origin about the war between the Devtas (Demigods) and the Asuras (Demons), but when a question is asked to every person who is standing next to the river at the Kumbh Mela, they would only say you “Kumbh ke Meley Snaan karne se saare paap dhul jate hai” which means that one dive inside the holy river of the Kumbh Mela washes away all the sins of your life.
Kumbh mela is a is a mass pilgrimage based on the religion of Hinduism. It is held in every 3 years alternatively at Ujjain, Haridwar, Allahabad and Nasik. The most recent Kumbh Mela took place in 2013 at Allahabad and the next one will be held at Nasik this year which will start from 14th August. 2015 and will continue till 25th September, 2015. The schedule for this year’s Kumbh Mela is given below:
|14th July||Tuesday||Flag hoisting of the main ceremony at Ram Kunda|
|14th August||Friday||Flag hoisting of the Akhara at Sadhugram|
|26th August||Wednesday||Shravan Shudha- First Snan|
|29th August||Saturday||First Shahi Snan|
|13th September||Sunday||Second Shahi Snan|
|18th September||Friday||Third Shahi Snan|
|25th September||Friday||Bhadrapad Shukla Dwadashi – Vaman Dwadashi Snan|
According to me Kumbh Mela is not just a mere festivity like Diwali and Holi, but holds lot of importance for people in India. People look up to Kumbh Mela with highest regard, as this event gives them a golden opportunity to liberate themselves from the miseries and sufferings of life. It enables them to take a holy dip in the sacred water and wash away all the sins they have committed in the past. People come from different parts of the country to be a part of this sacred ceremony. It is believed that taking a holy dip in water paves way for attainment of Moksha. I don’t have any practical experience about it but from the visuals I got to see in some movies and videos of Kumbh Mela, I feel that there is some strong magic in the word ‘Kumbh’ which attracts Millions of people from various part of the world to come at this Hindu Pilgrimage and dive inside the holy river not just because its a part of worship, but to leave away all the miseries of their in the river and take away that peace which purifies their soul and connects them directly to their Almighty.
Well, if you are someone like me who could not attend the Kumbh Mela due to any reason such as a busy schedule or the fact that it happens in a city which is very far from your place then here we have the trailer of the documentary which is made by some fantastic film makers who visited the Kumbh Mela in 2013 and have recorded some great visuals from it which will make you feel the holiness about the Kumbh Mela by just sitting inside an auditorium hall and watching it.
And if you like it then do experience the Kumbh Mela by watching the documentary which will be screened very soon at auditoriums near you.