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By Archita Aggarwal

”Kumbh Mela” is a mass Hindu excursion of confidence in which Hindus accumulate to bathe in a holy stream.The Kumbh Mela is known to be the biggest religious social affair on earth is held at regular intervals on the banks of the ‘Sangam’- the conjunction of the sacred streams Ganga, Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati. Generally, four fairs are considered as the Kumbh Melas: the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela(Prayaga), the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha(Nashik-Trimbakeshwar) and the Ujjain Simhastha, regardless of the way that ministers at various spots have in like manner ensured their neighborhood fairs to be Kumbh Melas.

The essential festival site is arranged on the banks of a stream: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar; the change (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the now wiped out (vanished/dried/lost in time) Sarasvati at Allahabad; the Godavari at Nashik; and the Shipra at Ujjain. Washing in these streams is thought to clean a man of all wrongdoings.

The one celebrated at the Holy Sangam in Allahabad is the largest and holiest of them.The festival of Kumbh Mela happens at the four consecrated spots according to the position of Sun and Jupiter in various zodiac signs. Poorna Kumbh is held at Ujjain once in like clockwork when the zodiac sign Scorpio (Vrishchik Rashi) shows the nearness of Jupiter and Sun.

Ujjain is situated at the bank of Shipra River in western locale of Madhya Pradesh and is seen as a standout among the most sacrosanct spots in India. The city is improved with a few religious sanctums, for example, Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir, Mahakaleshwar, Vikram Kirti Temple and numerous others.

Ram Ghat, Ujjain Image: Wikimedia Commons
Ram Ghat, Ujjain Image: Wikimedia Commons

On the event of Kumbh Mela, the heavenlines and otherworldly smell of Ujjain meets its most astounding top when a large number of explorers take plunges and love holy River Shipra. Sages and lovers from each niche and corner go to the religious function of Kumbh Mela to achieve salvation and liberation from the endless loop of birth-passing resurrection.

The celebration of Mela at Ujjain is known as ‘Simhastha Kumbh Mela’ in which one of a kind of blend of godliness and immaculateness is experienced when the horde of slag named sages, ministers, fans gets melded with the thundering of elephants and camels. Individuals who witness the otherworldly fest feel favorable luck close by and sense positive smell refining their souls and musings. Significant fascination of this celebration is ‘Shahi Snan’ (illustrious shower) which happens on foreordained dates differing each year. It is trusted that the individuals who scrub down in heavenly Shipra River on the event of Kumbh Mela wash their transgressions of all past births. The fans consider it as a chance to get them resuscitated from the endless birth cycle.

Related article: Kumbh Mela: One of the greatest Pilgrimages in the World

In old times, the city had a few names including Padmavati, Swarnashringa, Kushashthali, Avantika, Amravati and Churamani.  It was named as “Kumudvati” in light of the fact that blossoms were found in wealth here. The city was called as “Pratikalpa” as it was demolished and settled habitually.The most prevalent name “Ujjayini” is still being used with a slight alteration as Ujjain.

UJJAIN KUMBH MELA DATES

Singhastha , or Poorna Kumbh Mela was commended at Ujjain in the year 2004 spreading over from fifth of April to fifth of May. The custom of Shahi Snan was led on fourth of May, a day of full moon (Poornima) according to lunar schedule. About ten million aficionados the nation over graced the celebration with their nearness on this promising day. Ujjain facilitated the Ardha Kumbh in the year 2010 where various Hindus saw the event. In the year 2016, next Simhastha Kumbh Mela will be remembered in Ujjain. The dates are as follows-3rd May(First Royal holly bath will be taken),6th May,9th May,11thMay, 15thMay, 17tMay, 19thMay, 20th May and 21st May(This is the main and the last day) Try not to miss the open door and grasp your spirit and material body with the hallowed nectar offered by God.

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Archita Aggarwal is doing her bachelor’s of journalism and mass communications from Amity University,Noida.Twitter: @Archita001

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Kumbh mela- One of the greatest Hindu religious social affair .
    People form all over the world should definitely take part in this remarkable event.

  • Shubhi Mangla

    Ujjain is a beautiful place…and the Kumbh Mela makes it all the more spiritual

  • Pritam Go Green

    Kumbh mela- One of the greatest Hindu religious social affair .
    People form all over the world should definitely take part in this remarkable event.

  • Shubhi Mangla

    Ujjain is a beautiful place…and the Kumbh Mela makes it all the more spiritual

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Right of Nature: Are Rivers Living Beings?

Should rivers be considered Living Entities?

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Many cultures across the globe believe that rivers are living beings or Gods/Goddesses and they just take the form of water bodies.

By Dr. Bharti Raizada, Chicago

Science says that water bodies are not living entities, as water does not need food, does not grow, and reproduce. Water is required for life, but in itself it is nonliving.

However, many cultures across the globe believe that rivers are living beings or Gods/Goddesses and they just take the form of water bodies.

The Maori tribe in New Zealand considers the Whanganui River as their ancestor and the Maori people fought to get it a legal status as a living being. In 2017, a court in New Zealand gave this river the status of living being and same rights as humans, to protect it from pollution. Thus, now if someone pollutes in it then it is considered equivalent to harming a human.

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Rivers are sacred in many religions, including Hinduism. Image courtesy: Dr. Bharti Raizada

Rivers are sacred in Hinduism also. Hindus believe that the Ganga descended from heaven and call her Ganga Maa. A few days after New Zealand’s court decision, Uttarakhand high court in India gave the Ganga and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries the status of living human entities. The Court-appointed three officials as legal custodians. However, the court did not clarify many aspects related to this decision.

After this verdict some of the questions, which naturally came to mind, were:

Can Hindus still do rituals of flowing ashes, leaves, flowers, diyas in river or no? Can a dam be built on the river after this judgment? If some damage, to a person, animal, plants, or property, occurs because of river e.g. overflow, hurricanes, flooding etc., how the river will pay the liabilities? What if all rivers, oceans, ponds etc. are given the status of living beings? Will drinking water from river become a crime? What about taking water and using it for routine needs,  agriculture or building structures? Will it be illegal? If a child throws a stone in water, will it be a criminal act? Will fishing be considered stealing? What about boating? If someone is using heat near water and water evaporates, is it equal to taking the body part of a human being? What about taking a bath in the river?

Right of Nature
If the river gets a living status, as human, then we cannot use it for anything without its permission, so everyone has to stop touching the water. Image courtesy: Dr. Bharti Raizada

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Other queries, which arise, are:

Will animals and plants get the same status? What if you kill an ant or a chicken etc. or cut a tree? Will all animals and plants get a legal custodian?

Where is all the waste supposed to go? It has to go somewhere back in nature, right?

Uttrakhand state government challenged the judgement in Supreme Court and the latter reversed the judgment.

Right of Nature
So where do we stand? In my opinion, granting living status to nature is a different thing than giving protected status or preserving nature. Image by Dr. Bharti Raizada

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Ecuador’s constitution recognized the Right of Nature to exist, specifically Vilcabamba river, in 2008.

Then Bolivia passed the law of the right of mother earth and granted Nature equal rights as humans.

Many communities in the U.S.A. passed the Right of Nature law.

These laws are creating a dilemma or quandary also, as people need to use these resources. We cannot live without using natural resources. However, there is a difference between using natural resources and afflicting or destroying these. So, please use natural resources very diligently. Try not to vitiate nature.

On World Water Day (March 22), please start taking care of rivers, so that there is no need for future celebrations. It should not be a one-day celebration anyway, we should scrupulously look out for nature all the time.

Dr. Raizada is a practicing anesthesiologist.