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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.

Khumb at peack
Khumb at peack

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

  • 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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  • 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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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

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Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)