The sacred “Kumbh Mela” started this year on the holy festival of Makar Sankranti, i.e 14th January 2019 in the revered city of Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, the place where the covergence of Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati happens. It is considered to be one of the most auspicious festivals in India and is celebrated four times over a period of 12 years between four pilgrimages, Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik & Prayagraj on rotation, depending upon the astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon and the Jupiter.
Mythologically speaking, the story behind the commencement of Kumbh dates back, when the “Samudra Manthan” happened between the Demons & the Gods. The Amrit, that came out from the Manthan, became an obvious subject of fight between the Rakshasas & the Devtaas. Hence, Lord Vishnu, intervened, and disguised himself as Mohini, and took it from the clutches of the Demons and as he was progressing towards the heaven, few drops of it dropped at four holy places of Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik & Prayag. The total time taken during this activity was 12 days and hence, the Mela takes place every twelve years, giving pilgrims, from all walks of life and across the country to come together and get rid of their sins by taking a dip in the holy water.
This year, over 70 lakh devotees, bathed in the Ganges on the occasion of Paush Poornima on 21st January 2019. The 49-day Kumbh Mela will end on 4 March 2019. The entire city of Prayagraj, is soaking in the holy chants, yagyas, hymn recitations and bhajans. The spiritual vibrations are high during this time among Hindus as everybody sways and dances in the sacred atmosphere and goes back home, feeling sin-free.
India, is a land of religion and spirituality and beliefs. It is strange sometimes, to see that no matter how different we are from each other, there is something that still unites us all. Be it spiritually or socially or patriotically. Whichever way it is, I am proud to be an Indian.