Rituals of the Kumbh

Internationally famous, the KumbhMela attracts millions of devotees from across the world. It is a moment of profound faith in destiny and karma that attracts the pilgrims for purifying baths in the holy river waters on the auspicious dates. Along with the chief ritual of the cleansing bath to get rid of sins, chanting of prayers, religious discussions and feeding of the poor are also practiced.

Several activities centredon religious observances

Discussions and debates concerning religion keep the scriptures alive for the next generation. Devotional chanting of prayers and songs are reminders of the Hindu faith that has endured for thousands of years and still holds strong as ever. Each celebration strengthens religious and family bonds further. Various kinds of media highlight the religious faith expressed in cinema and drama, exhibitions and songs.

Though the Kumbh is held every year, a rare sight during the Kumbh that takes place once in twelve years are the holy men, sadhus and saints, who emerge from their caves in the Himalayan Mountains. The ‘blissful darshan’ is possible only then.

A reunion often takes place at the Kumbh

It is believed that long lost people find each other at this divine event. Saint ParamahansaYogananda met his honored teacher MahavatarBabaji during this event.

Rituals of the Sadhus

It is a sea of tranquility you would witness with large congregations of holy men and their spiritual aspirations. When everybody moves towards the holy river for the ritual bath, it is an unforgettable mystic sight. Sadhus appear with bows and arrows. Some sadhus ride on ornamental chariots. It is the auspicious saffron colour everywhere when you surrender to the spiritual vibes. Millions of Hindu religious celibates are in quest of moksha or liberation, the final stage of life, achieved by giving up material wealth. They live a simple life in the forests and mountains. The Rishis or wise men observe Vedic values and wish to achieve enlightenment through knowledge.