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* IN SEARCH OF MOKSH - Kumbh Mela remains central to Hindu faith - 1 messages,
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TOPIC: IN SEARCH OF MOKSH - Kumbh Mela remains central to Hindu faith

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Date: Sun, Apr 25 2010 10:04 am
From: and/or (Dr. Jai Maharaj)

In search of moksh

By Anuradha Dutt
The Pioneer
Friday, April 23, 2010

Kumbh Mela remains central to Hindu faith

The Haridwar skyline has changed noticeably in the years since
economic liberalisation became Government policy. Plush apartment
complexes, hotels and markets have mushroomed, transforming a
favourite stopover of sadhus and pilgrims, en route to Himalayan
shrines, into a tourist resort. These, however, recede into the
background as the swelling pilgrims engulf the town and spill into
the river environs. Haridwar is hosting the Purn Kumbh Mela, and the
sadhu is king, having precedence over others in his right to bathe
first in the Ganga, and go where the laity is forbidden access.

The pilgrimage, where seven people died this time, has a poor safety
record with past events having been marked by a rampaging elephant
crushing people and then being tamed through a great sage's
intercession; stampedes; clashes between rival groups of mendicants;
and even an outbreak of cholera. As the festival draws to a close,
one remembers how it commenced, with ill-informed reportage harping
on the point that it was the millennium's first Purn Kumbh Mela.
Allahabad in 2001 hosted an ever bigger Kumbh Mela, while Nasik in
2003 and Ujjain in 2004 were also venues for the mammoth religious

What catches the eye immediately are giant hoardings of female gurus,
summoning believers. A few are independent heads of their own orders;
and others satellites of male redeemers of people, reeling under
ignorance. The hill, upon which the fabled Chandi Devi shrine is
located, provides the best vantage point for such pictures as it
overlooks an intersection between two roads. Whether going left or
right, all traffic and pedestrians view these huge pictures. A stout,
matronly woman looks down benignly, like any mother; another seems
austere; and a third, youthful and attractive, adds an intriguing
dimension to the renunciant's calling. Women indeed are coming into
their own. And Mark Twain's 'cold whites' have visibly joined the
mass of seekers in India over the years.

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, penned at the end of the 14th century, or
John Bunyon's Pilgrim's Progress, dated about the end of the 17th
century, depict an England that has long passed away, with the very
notion of collectively undertaking pilgrimages with such immense
fervour, having become archaic. But the Kumbh Mela, in its
variations, remains as relevant today as in the distant past, when
the belief that the falling of four drops of nectar from a celestial
pot sanctified the places where they fell. These were Haridwar,
Allahabad (the erstwhile Prayag), Ujjain and Nasik. A unique measure
of time evolved in relation to this belief. Every 12 years, by
rotation, a religious assembly, termed the Purn (full) Kumbh Mela,
and slated by planetary movements, occurs at these places; and every
six years, Haridwar and Allahabad alternate in hosting an Ardh (half)
Kumbh Mela. After 12 Purn Kumbhs, a Maha Kumbh Mela is held in
Allahabad. The last one was in 2001, with 60 million people
apparently converging there.

Essentially a river festival, it underlines the belief in the sacred
power of flowing water to provide expiation as well as redemption to
people, who ritually bathe in it. Haridwar has the Ganga; Allahabad
is located at the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganga, Yamuna and
subterranean Saraswati; Ujjain has Shipra; and Nasik, the Godavari.
Interestingly, a Kumbh Mela in Vrindavan precedes the one at
Haridwar. Sadhus bathe in the Yamuna before going to Haridwar. Such
religious assemblies, under other names and at other sites, also
occur as annual features. In January-February every year, Allahabad's
Magh Mela draws lakhs of people to the Sangam. And the high point of
the Sagar Mela is eager hordes immersing themselves at the point
where the Ganga merges with the Bay of Bengal on January 14, Makar
Sankranti, every year.

The routine frequency of religious festivals and auspicious bathing
days suggests that pilgrims, a large nomadic population, consisting
mainly of poor rustic folk, have a packed schedule and itinerary,
moving from one place to another. Sometimes the Purn Kumbh and Ardh
Kumbh coincide, as in 2004, when Ujjain hosted the big event and
Haridwar the subsidiary one, which occurred first. When there is such
a crush of people, mishaps are fairly common. At Nasik in 2003, 39
pilgrims were trampled to death and 57 were injured on a main bathing
day. But this does not serve to dent faith. For the devout, it is
merely part of the chiaroscuro of existence as they await the next

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Kumbh Mela remains central to Hindu faith

By Hari on 4/23/2010

In South India also kumbha melas happen. In a place called
Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu kumbh mela happens for
every 12 years. Huge crowd of around lakhs participated in this event
in 2004. For us faith is more important than anything. Surely this
faith will save everyone and also this country. Nice article.

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In search of Moksh

By CS Sudheendhra Putty on 4/23/2010

It is traditions such as these that have enabled Hindu religion to
sustain over the millennia and survive the onslaught of Islamic and
Western invasions. The traditional Hindu way of life, living in
consonance and harmony with Mother nature, is without doubt the best
and ideal way to live. It is a matter of great pride that our
forefathers had laid down such principles so that man and nature can
live in perfect sync. In South India, on the lines of the Kumbh Mela,
is the Pushkarams.

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