Kumbh Mela, India
The entire May we spent in India. It was not a luxury touristy trip; we attended the largest religious gathering in the world, Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. It was estimated, that over 50 million people attended Kumbh Mela in Ujjain 2016, and we were one of them.
The story is very popular in many countries in Asia. Above you can see the Thai version of the legend (photo is taken at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport).
According to the ancient Vedic scriptures, the demigods and demons extracted the elixir of eternal life (Amrita) by churning the Milky Ocean. However, a few drops of it had fallen on to four places that are today known as Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik. These drops of amrita gave the mystical powers to these places.
Kumbh Mela is the greatest pilgrimage festival in the Hindu religion. “The event is a religious and cultural spectacle which occurs once in 12 years attracting over 50 millions of participants from around the globe to take a dip (snan) in the holy waters of river Godavari in Nasik, river Kshipra in Ujjain, river Ganges in Haridwar, and at the Sangam of Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati in Allahabad, where the drops of nectar (Amrita) have fallen.”
Why did we go there?
Our Guru invited all his devotees to spend three weeks around Him at the meditation camp at Kumbh Mela to raise the human consciousness to next level. He provided basic accommodation, satvic food, A/C meditation hall (it was very useful – the average weather was 115F or 45C), and meditation workshops. ALL FREE! It was a life changing experience, no doubt!
By the way, the meditation workshop attended over 3.5k people! You see the size of the crowd on the picture avove.
I did take just a few photos, but our friends allowed me to post their photos.
More photos at Nithyananda.org
Additionally, BBC and National Geographic made a few good movies about Kimbh Mela in 2013.
Below are the links:
- River of Faith: A film about the Kumbh Mela 2013
- Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Show On Earth (BBC)
- Inside Festival Kumbh Mela (National Geographic VF)
- An article from National Geographic