Kumbh Mela -- Woodstock Meets Hinduism

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Kumbh Mela -- Woodstock Meets Hinduism

Post by No_Mind » Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:13 am

Continuing from the post CNN Reza Aslan's depiction of Hinduism

This is Maha Kumbh Mela at Allahabad in 2013 .. it is Woodstock meets orthodox Hinduism .. Diego Bunuel does a wonderful job as presenter. A viewer has summed it up perfectly in comments "The good thing about Diego is that though he is a total stranger to the event, yet he is polite and humble enough to accept what other cultures believe in."

Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river.

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This is the type of work I expected from Reza Aslan.

One of the mistakes that Reza Aslan and CNN team made was having a local guide. Local guides are usually not westernised enough to interpret what is happening and nor do they have very deep understanding of customs and their inner meaning. The best guides are Indian professional photographers (from Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta and other large metros) who visit these events for taking pictures .. they are westernised and cosmopolitan but also have deep insight into the orthodox Hindu mindset and multitude of belief systems. They can explain very well the context of what is happening to someone from the West.

Unlike Reza Aslan, Diego Bunuel visits Kumbh Mela with an Indian photographer.

Diego and National Geographic team has captured very exquisite scenes .. a hatha yogi pulling a car with genitals, initiation into naga sadhu clan, yogis performing extreme acts of will power (holding ones arm aloft for decades) to gain control over the mind, naked sadhus dancing in 4°C January cold out of sheer joy of living .. in a word Hinduism unbound!!

It is during the Kumbh Mela that many sadhus descend from Himalayas to the plains .. huge number of people collect to see them.

I have not yet been able to visit Maha Kumbh Mela (many of us consider the ones held every 12 years at Allahabad to be the main Kumbh) because it is difficult to find accommodation in a decent hotel during that time.

Note i ) No Aghoris are depicted in this video .. only Naga Sadhus. Aghor is largely unknown and small sect.

Note ii ) Remember this is not all of Hinduism .. it is only a branch of the vast tree known as Hinduism.

Note iii ) The ash that the sadhus are smearing on themselves is not from funeral pyre but plain ash.

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Re: Kumbh Mela -- Woodstock Meets Hinduism

Post by No_Mind » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:41 am

The gods and demons fought over the pot (kumbha) of Amrita, the elixir of immortality produced by their joint churning of the milky ocean. During the struggle, drops of the elixir fell on the Mela’s four earthly sites, and the rivers are believed to turn back into that primordial nectar at the climactic moment of each Mela, giving pilgrims the chance to bathe in the essence of purity, auspiciousness, and immortality.

Kumbh Mela is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Bṛhaspati (Jupiter) and the sun. Kumbh Mela is organized every three years on a rotation basis at Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik, Haridwar and Ujjain.

Jupiter and Sun both in Leo - Nashik
Sun in Aries - Haridwar
Jupiter in Taurus and Sun in Capricorn - Prayag (Allahabad)
Jupiter and Sun both in Scorpio - Ujjain

The Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet at Allahabad, but Hindus believe that a third mystical river, the Saraswati, joins them there as well.

The first documented account of the Kumbh Mela was record by the Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsiang who visited India in 629 - 645 CE. The festival is over 2,000 years old.

A temporary city, 58.03 square km in area, with 10 post offices, 10 hospitals, 30 fire stations, 56 km of roads, 48 electrical substations, 18 pontoon bridges, 570 km long water pipelines comes up during the Mela. The whole city disappears after two weeks.

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Re: Kumbh Mela -- Woodstock Meets Hinduism

Post by No_Mind » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:17 am

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Kumbh Mela Woodstock Meets Hinduism

Post by bennieTedge » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:17 am

Isnt it amazing that physics, economics, information technology and medical science are all based on Hinduism?

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