When I started my journey to take a holy dip in Triveni Sangam at Kumbh Mela, Prayagraj, I had no idea that I was on my way to take a Holy dip within!
Sharing my Kumbh Mela 2019 experience and what I learned from it..
Kumbh Mela is a largest congregation of humanity in the world. Millions of people from across the world attends the Kumbh mela. Kumbh encapsulates the science of astronomy, astrology, spirituality, ritualistic traditions, social and cultural customs and practices.
For example, the Astrological aspect of Kumbh is related with traversing planets and stars and their certain alignment. According to the Vedas, the Sun is considered as a soul like (life giving). And the moon as a lord of Mind. The planet Jupiter (Brihaspati) is consider as Guru of Gods. It takes almost 12 years for Jupiter to transverse to complete zodiac. So, Kumbh Mela is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years at different locations of India. And they are Haridwar, Prayag, Nasik and Ujjain. And this year Kumbh Mela is held at Prayagraj.
मकरे च दिवा नाथे ह्मजगें च बृहस्पतौ कुम्भ योगोभवेत्तत्र प्रयागे ह्यति दूलर्भ:
” मेष राशि गते जीवे मकरे चन्द्र भास्करौ ।
अमावस्या तदा योगः कुम्भख्यस्तीर्थ नायके ।। “
When the Jupiter is in Taurus or Vrishabha (zodiac sign) and the Sun and Moon are in Capricorn or Makra, the kumbh is held at Prayag.
The journey to Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 begins..
We (I and Basant Rai*) were very excited to be a part of SOCIAL MEDIA MAHAKUMBH Meet at Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019. And why not! These two days was all about:
- Meeting our 100 – 120 Social Media Influencers from across the country. We always look forward for a reason and the occasion to meet our social media friends.
- Taking a holy dip at Triveni Sangam on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami.
Prayagraj is just 200 km in distance from Lucknow. So, we started our road trip early morning on 10th Feb 2019. And it took us 4 hours to reach our venue, Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj.
(*Those who are new to us and this partal, Basant Rai is my best friend and business partners in all the ventures.)
Our stay at Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Parmarth Niketan Ashram was hosting a beautiful camp Daivi Sampad Mandal, Parmarth Shivir at Shankaracharya Marg – West, Sector 14, Prayag Raj. This place was approximately 250 m away from Sangam. This Shivir was a perfect confluence of modern and spiritual world. On one side it had electric scooter on display for environmental awareness on the other side people were performing yagyas.
With many pilgrims from across the world staying and performing many rituals together this place was a perfect example of living in harmony. The daily program included:
- Morning Universal Prayers,
- Variety of spiritual divine discourses and satsangs,
- Sangam Aarti
- Sacred Yagna
- Special Bandharas and more!
The interaction with Pujjya Swami Chitanand Saraswati ji and Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati Ji was a lifetime experience. While Sadhvi ji told us the history of Kumbh and its relevance in the modern day, Swami ji gave us an insight to implementation of spiritual knowledge in our day to day life. For example, he told us how we can use social media to raise an awareness about clean Ganga and sustainable lifestyle. And why we should never forget our Rashtra Dharma.
In an interactive session, he answered to the all the queries we had in our mind.
Sacred Yagna and Sangam Aarti
Inside the Shivir itself there was a havan-kund for pilgrims to perform yagna. Surrounded by tents and people from all sides, this place still had its own serenity. With the chanting of mantras by gurus, we started our sacred yagna. As the Yagna progressed I started to feel calmer. I could only hear the mantras. My mind was at peace and my body was re-energized. After finishing the yagna both, me and Basant went to the tent.
The highlight of the evening was Sangam Aarti. At sunset, the Sangam Aarti started with prayers, mantras and divine kirtan to Maa Gange on the holy banks of the Sangam in the divine presence of holy saints and rishi-kumars. Hundreds of people attended the aarti along with us.
Holy Dip at Triveni Sangam
Taking a holy dip at Triveni Sangam is one of the most significant ritual of Kumbh. Triveni Sangam is a confluence of three rivers i.e, River Ganga, Yamuna and invisible river Saraswati. According to Hindu belief, taking a holy dip purge you of all your sins. And, it also believed that it releases oneself from the cycle of rebirth ultimately attaining Moksha.
We took a boat to reach to the Sangam. This was the first time we saw Maa Gange up close. We could see our reflection clearly in the clean water. This was clearly a reflection of Namami Gange Project initiated by Modi Government to clean river Ganga. The view of Kumbh from the river was absolutely breathtaking. And hundreds of Siberian Cranes flying above the river added to the scenic beauty of river Ganga. Feeding the Siberian Crane from the boat was an experience in itself.
We captured all these precious moments in our smartphones and finally we reached the Samgam. We got down the boat and took the holy dip at Sangam.
Social Media Maha Kumbh Meet
What happen when 100- 120 Social Media Warriors from across India meets at one place?
From discussions on political topics to spirituality to full on masti.. this two days meet had everything. The meet was organised by Young United Voluntary Action (YUVA) Foundation and hosted by Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
(Scroll down to see the photos of the meet).
With lakhs of pilgrims visiting Kumbh daily, it is commendable to see how the whole mela is managed so efficiently. And certainly this is possible because of the initiatives taken by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and UP’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Every place is clean. You will find clean toilets everywhere. The police and other authorities are extremely helpful.
And people have realised this difference! So you can see many people, specially youths in NAMO T-Shirts and other accessories that reads NAMO AGAIN. This is basically to thank and show the faith and support in Narendra Modi and his government. Needless to say, we also wore our NAMO T-Shirt as we also wanted to thank our beloved Prime Minister.
What I learned from Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019
- Secrets of coexistence and humanity: The sea of humanity, the ocean of tents, lakhs of pilgrims taking a dip in the water..! And you ask yourself.. How do so many millions of people live so peacefully in such a small place? And with so little? Dig deep. Look around you and you will find the answer in Kumbh. When I saw myself and others with bare minimum yet happy and calm, I got my answer.
- Being Eco-friendly is our responsibility: From Clean river to clean environment! these are the legacy we pass on to our future generation. We spoke to many pilgrims who had attended Kumbh in 2001. They all had the common thing to share, i.e, how clean the river ganga is now. Pujjya Swami ji also emphasised on living a eco-friendly or sustainable lifestyle. And for me and Basant this was a validation of some sort. Because, we have been trying to incorporate sustainable lifestyle as much as possible. So much so two out of our three ventures are related to sustainable lifestyle: a) Our Khadi designer label AJNA – basant anuj and b) Our handloom Sarees brand DIGILOOM – Weaving Dreams.
- Finding Myself: Living in Kumbh, I realized I was living with mass of humanity. And with so much happening around me, I lost all sense of my problems and that helped me in finding who I Am.
दिव्य कुंभ, भव्य कुंभ | Divine Kumbh, Magnificent Kumbh
Social Media Maha Kumbh Meet
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