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believe the Ganges is symbolic of the spirituality flowing in
our hearts..." CHAWLA2
A Universal Confluence
The Kumbh has welcomed everyone - agnostics, atheists and ascetics all
alike - scholars, philosophers, occultists, palmists, sorcerers, face-readers,
spiritualists, scientists, politicians, criminals, simple and complex
people of all sects and society, caste and creed. Indeed, this mammoth
riverside festival has seen human beings from every walk of life come
together into its ocean of humming humanity and mingle together as do
the waters of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers at Prayag
Sangam, the holy site of Kumbh Mela 2001.
Only In Hinduism!
It is obvious that Hinduism's greatest gathering should represent the
religion in all respects. But perhaps the Kumbh Mela represents Hinduism
like no other festival. Kumbh is arguably the oldest of Hindu festivals.
It is because of its all-embracing factors that it has endured down the
centuries and adapted itself to every one. The same is true with the religion
itself. This century's first Maha Kumbh proved this all over again, that
only a great religion like Hinduism can have such a great festival, the
likes of which, in its vastness and variety, is a rare thing to find anywhere
At Its Grandest!
In fact, Hinduism was seen at its magnificent best in this first Maha
Mela of the millennium. The Maha Kumbh has also proved one thing: That
so many millions of the truly devout belong to this multi-cultural religion
and so great is the attraction it has for the rest of the world, that
it needs no propagation or conversion.
Not To Miss!
From jetsetter sages with their cellular phones in hand to the non-sartorial
Naga saints, from the genuine globetrotter to nonagenarian grandmas, none
missed the auspicious dip at the confluence of the holy rivers at Allahabad.
Because of the rare and auspicious alignment of the stars, the 2001 Kumbh
Mela has become a rare occurrence, which happens only once in 144 years!
Entry For Fundamentalists!
The open-to-all Kumbh party is a true showcase of the universal and inclusive
spirit of Hinduism and its magnificent diversity. Even a Muslim family
took a dip in the Triveni Sangam on Paush Purnima. This explains
why fundamentalist forces like the VHP and the RSS have failed in their
attempt to undermine the broad view of this mystic Mela.
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