Standing on the bridge of Jhusi, I could literally see the whole ground of Kumbh illuminated and beautiful it literally took my breath away, I am not saying this for the sake of saying it but indeed the scenario was mesmerizing.
Later as we walked the path of Kumbh, we got into our work mode and started clicking pictures, taking visuals, talking to people and the first person we encountered was a Baba named, ‘Baapu Singh’. He was 75+, walking with his sitar and chipali ( pearcussion instrument ) along with a flag of his Maharaj. While talking to him we got to know he sings Kabir ke dohe as his way of expressing his beliefs and portraying his devotion and the cool thing was he has never missed a single Kumbh from the time he was born. He also sang for us which was really heart touching.
We encountered many people, got to know their stories and their perspective. We didn’t really went into the Akharas the first and second day, from third day we started visiting akharas to talk to Naga sadhus. We talked to one Baba from Juna Akhara, we wanted to approach him and convince him to talk to us because he was not letting anybody to take his pictures and was shouting at them. So we started off as we are just here to take blessings, made little conversation here and there warmed him up and then he even allowed us to click pictures and shot him. It was great to know his love as Naga for lord Shiva. Infact he was 16 when he became Naga Baba and now he is around 60’s.
Ahead of him, there was a Baba in rudraksha from top to bottom. He was pretty famous too because of his attire and white rats, rats because on his hat made of rudraksha, were 5 white rats who don’t leave the space of his hat. It amazing to see and talk with such personalities, it good to know that side of the story without any judgements.
Next blog will be about our experience of first Shahi Sanaan and my best part of the Kumbh. So follow us to know more.
As I left my house on the journey of excitement, learning and self discovery, I was anxious, nervous and most importantly ready to experience something new. The journey began with empty compartments and free space in the express. It allowed me my space to admire the distance covered from Mumbai to Allahabad.
The changing in the environment and the decreasing temperature. It started to freeze in the train once we entered the border of Madhaya Pradesh and blankets weren’t enough to keep us warm. As a mumbaikar we are used to heat and fans ON in winter’s too. We reached on the second day of our train journey. Finding our destination was a rollercoaster ride for us with luggage’s all over us and cold all over the handkerchiefs. Finally when we managed to reach our temporarily home for the next 16 days, we just collapsed and when we woke up we were all set to explore the city and most importantly The Mela. The morning in Allahabad starts with stalls opening after 3 in the noon and street filled with Pani Puri stalls every 10 steps of walk. We discovered the third name for Pani Puri in India which is ‘Phulke’. So pani puri, gol gappe and phulke are one and the same.
As we reached the entrance of Kumbh Mela, standing there was a bliss feeling, the entrance gate was decorated beautiful with conch shells on either side and one big in the centre with orange color highlighted (featured image). The streets were filled with beautiful wall paintings, protection of police on every corner, infact there are booths of police officers on every signal for the convenience of the people.
The best part of the entrance was the huge pot ( kalash ) in the left corner of the entrance. It was standing big and huge welcoming the devotees to the largest religious gathering.
Read my next blog to know about our experience inside the Kumbh.
I am writing this blog, to let you’ll know that tomorrow is my train for the world’s largest religious gathering in India, ‘KUMBH MELA’ which is held this year in Prayagraj ( Uttar Pradesh ). Let me give you’ll little information about what is Kumbh Mela. According to Hindu scriptures, it is believed that taking a holy dip in Sangam ( which is a river in Prayagraj ) during Kumbh which is imbued with power, promotes spiritual growth, health, emotional strength and puts you on the path to moksha (liberation). Kumbh Mela is also held in Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Nashik (Maharashtra) and Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh). The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela is highest among all pilgrimages and provides one with the highest virtue. It has references in the Vedas.
The Kumbh Mela is held on a rotation basis every three years in Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. Then there are the Ardha Kumbh Melas held every six years in Prayagraj and Haridwar. The Purna Kumbh or Maha Kumbh is organised only in Prayagraj every 12 years. As per the calendar, the next Maha Kumbh will be held in 2025 in Prayagraj.
Since last kumbh Mela, perfect Blenders are smitten with the whole vibe of it. I could not attend it, but this time I am all set to witnessed the devotion towards the city, the positive vibes which it shares, the trance of the Naga Baba’s and the lot more. Hippie culture is largely spot there. It’s a 55 day long event starting from January 15. This year 150 million people are expected to attend the Mela. We wouldn’t be staying there for long, but I surely be sharing my experiences with you’ll from time to time.
Note : The pictures are clicked by Perfect Blender during last Kumbh Mela.
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‘Dream’, small word but holds greater meaning. Many dreams are achieved a day and many are hidden and shut in a tiny closet. Dreams gives identity to an individual, it gives the courage to explore and happiness to conquer. Some are encouraged and some are burned. Now a days there’s so much pressure on parents in order to be the best, to choose the best for their children that they neglect the needs of them. Sometimes children don’t follow their dreams because maybe revenue from that is not well paid off. But dreaming is just the starting point in the process of success. Dream, passion and hard work walks hand in hand. If you show the courage to dream the passion will definitely developed over time and the hard work you put in achieving it will definitely pay off well. Know yourself and your inner voice and not what people are expecting of you because if you are unhappy, no amount of hardwork is going to satisfy them or you. It will just be waste of time and energy but most of all disappointment and regret. I saw this amazing promo of the just launched series on Netflix which had a dialogue which made me write this blog. “It’s not your dream, if the voice inside your head is not yours”. This sentence itself describes the life of majority teenagers trying to live there dream or figuring out themselves before living another. The Netflix show is called as, ,’Selection Day’, which is based on a novel by, ‘Aravind Adiga’. It’s about two teen cricket prodigies struggle against their overbearing father and a system stacked against them to realize their own ambitions and identities..
So go ahead and show the courage to dream and fulfill it. Happy weekend.🙂
As we all know, India is very well known for its diverse culture. Inspite of the fact that every religion is accepted with open heart here, our politicians find a way to get religion in middle of every conversation and debate. If every religion and caste is at same level then why is the need to justify a person by his/her religion. When they get enough of the people, they drag God’s into the debate. I find it very surprising that, what’s the whole point of debating over the religion of a god. Anybody can worship any god, according to his/her belief then why the chaos and need to give a particular religion to a god. Everyone is God’s children, so he is not going to differentiate between us according to our religion, he will treat us equal. The latest debate on this is, what’s the religion of Hanuman?. Like what’s the need, whether he was Jain, Dalit, Muslim or Jat, instead of adopting the good from God, we start labelling them. This is not the first time they dragged a god, previously they also had debate on the religion of Lord Rama. On a serious note, there are much better and important things to do for the people in the country rather than fighting over the religion of God. We still need to cover the huge gap from developing to developed nation. So its a request, please make such kind of debates stop!
Recently there have been events, where mankind is lost under extreme measures. People are forgetting the nature of kindness. I heard this news 5 days back on TV9 Marathi ( Regional ) news channel, where a person was dying due to cardiac arrest, he was suffering and literally all the cops, his wife and nephew were pleading the taxi drivers for the ride to the hospital, but none had a heart to help the person. Such incidents are really a big slap on the humankind. That’s not all, there are many such events where people take the video of the victim but not dare to help them. If the most moral thing is lost of human nature, there’s no point in calling ourselves one, but rather start acknowledging us as animals. Infact, not even that because they atleast rush to help their fellow breed. There’s nothing in the world more sinful, then not saving a life. Now a days people are so into themselves that world around them doesn’t matter. They don’t care what the event is, they just want to capture it, in this case it doesn’t matter whether the person is fighting for his life. To all the people out there, I get it that your social life is too good, infact fantastic but not more than somebody’s life. If you’re afraid that police might investigate you or you need to visit the station again and again then it’s not the case, now a days it’s been avoided. It seems humanity is completely vanished in thin air, under arrogance and this is the most shameful thing for us. So I humbly request you all that spread humanity around you, let this emotion not die within you and help the people in pain and struggle in the best way you can, the good deeds will always stand by you.
Always have a vision towards things but don’t expect that your visions and views will be similar with other people. Every individual is different, so it’s obvious that their mind sets are going to differ. You might see a glass half empty but the other person might see the glass half full. Nobody is wrong in this case, it is just that you see the empty side of the society and the person sees the bright side of the society. Before passing any comment or accusing somebody for it always try and put efforts to know the views of the person too. Having your own opinion gives you the ability to make your own way rather than blending it according to others. Be able to decide for yourself. Live according to your terms and conditions. Have faith that you can choose better for you than anybody else can. Be your own hero. It’s important, infact it is mandatory to have an opinion, it makes your vision clear. It helps you to understand your subject better which in return leads to better understanding and conclusion. It’s your perspective that makes you different from others. So have one!