- The effect of positive aura
Every Kumbh witnesses the congregation comprising of various saints, priests, ash-covered naga sadhus, mahants, mahamandaleshwars, shankaracharyas, spiritual leaders and devotees from all over the world. With such a mass-attending the divine event of faith, the energy levels of that place increase to its peak, filling the whole environment with the positive aroma. Such a magnanimous cluster of positivity is powerful enough to destroy any negativity and protect the gathering. No negative power in the world can affect such a sacred festival in any manner. This can also be proved by the fact that except for stampede, no other major mishap has occurred during all of the Maha Kumbh Mela that have been celebrated till date.
2. The astrological significance
The dates of the Maha Kumbha are determined in accordance with scientific methods which majorly include the planetary positions. Ujjain is one of the most ancient and holy places on earth and the Kumbh Mela occurs here on the banks of river Kshipra when the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter is in the Leo. “Leo” means Simha or the Lion in Sanskrit, the Ujjain Kumbh Mela is often called as Simhastha Kumbh. This time is astrologically the most auspicious time and perfect to explore the spiritual side of life.
3. The scientific reason behind the largest festival of faith
The position of different planet that have effect on the water and air of our planet earth. At certain planetary positions, the positive energy levels of that particular place during a particular time, increases to its peak, thereby providing a perfect atmosphere for the spiritual growth and enlightenment.
4. Meeting all the great saints and legendary human beings at one place
The grand festival gives a person a golden opportunity to meet some of the greatest saints from all over the world. From Shankaracharyas to naga sadhus, the Kumbha Mela visitors get this chance of being in their company. Many holy people can be spotted just at the time of Kumbha Mela among the general public. All the other times, they are either meditating in dense jungles or at caves in Himalayas.
5. The spiritual benefits of holy dip
As per the ancient hindu mythology, the Maha Kumbh Mela is the only time and place when human beings get a golden opportunity to get rid of all the sins they have done in the past. It is believed that the one who takes a dip at the holy banks of the river at Kumbh, can achieve Nirvana or Moksha i.e get free from the cycle of birth and rebirth. According to the history, Ujjain, Nasik, Allahabad and Haridwar are the four places where the drops of amrut or the elixir of immortality fell on earth from the kumbh (pitcher) when the gods and demons were struggling to acquire the nectar of immortality. It is indeed one of the rarest opportunities for human beings that can liberate them from all their pain and sufferings and lead them towards salvation.
6. Panchkroshi yatra benefits
With this parikrama of the holy city of Ujjain, the pilgrims actually perform the parikrama of all the eighty-four Mahadevas. This can get them rid of the eighty-four lakh yonis. Some worshippers can also be seen assembling stones alongside the road. This is another ancient ritual believed to bless the devotees with splendid homes in their next birth. Millions of devotees travel with complete devotion and dedication for around 24 km on foot daily, in the month of May-June where the summer is at its extreme. Such is the magic of the Yatra, that even in scorching heat the devotees keep walking with a smile without any sign of fatigue on their face. This year the divine Panchkroshi Yatra is coinciding with Simhastha 2016 and will be held from 1st to 6th May 2016. Due to this fact its significance further increases.
- Witnessing largest and the most diverse human gathering on the face of earth
- Spiritual growth
Just the bathing ritual at the Kumbha will not impart an individual salvation. One needs to get into certain spiritual practices in order to experience the divine power. Due to its own astrological significance, it is believed that performing spiritual practices during the Kumbha Mela can benefit a person thousand times more than performing the same practices at any other place and time.
- Finding your inner self
Due to the effect of movement of pious waves of Apatattva (Absolute water principle), any individual attending the holy festival will experience the detoxification of his mind, body and soul. His/her actions will automatically get converted into good Karma. It is believed that during the time of Kumbh Mela, many deities are active around the earth’s orbit and thus our every spiritual practice reaches them in no time and we receive their holy blessings.
- Once in a lifetime experience
It is indeed a golden opportunity to experience such a spectacular celebration with such great spiritual leaders assembled at one place. Such a grand festival, therefore, gives everyone a chance to get enlightened and move forward in their spiritual journey to find their true self. All that we take from this festival of faith is just perfect bliss.
Author – Priyal Matreja