Vrindavan Kumbh 2010

Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

As everyone knows, the Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest spiritual festival takes place every 12 years. This year 2010, the Kumbh Mela will be observed in Hardwar from Makar Sankranti 14 January thru 28th April, Vaisakh Purnima.

Only in India do we find the unique concept of an occasion when the saints and spiritual masters get together to remind the people that although we may be making material progress, but without a spiritual basis, humanity will not find peace of mind.

It is a momentus occasion when the leading spiritual luminaries of the land make their presence felt and lay down edicts to guide man’s spiritual evolution in changing times. They address current ethical and moral issues and endeavour to influence the political and cultural streams of thought.

The Kumbh Melas are held primarily at 4 places based on detailed astrological calculations :

(1) When Jupiter and the Sun enter into the zodiac of Leo, the Kumbh Mela is organised on the banks of the River Godavari in Nashik

(2) When the Sun enters into the sign of Aries and Jupiter enters into the sign of Aquarius the Kumbh Mela is organised at Haridwar.

(3) When Jupiter enters Scorpio and the Sun into Capricorn the Kumbh Mela is organised at Allahabad or Prayag.

(4) When Jupiter and the Sun both meet in Scorpio the Kumbh Mela is held at Ujjain.

There are four types of Kumbhs:

• Maha Kumbh Mela - occurring every 144 years - only in Allahabad
• Purna Kumbh Mela - after every twelve years - last one took place in January 2001 in Allahabad
• Ardh Kumbh - 6th year after Kumbh Mela
• Kumbh Mela - every three years, rotating through Prayag, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain
• Magh Mela - Annual, held every year except years of Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumbh Mela Held in Magh (Jan-Feb); hence the name. Always in Allahabad

But as with everything in India, there is the external story and there is the inner, subtle and esoteric significance.

At Vrindavan ?

In the material universe, Kumbh Melas are held at four places for denizens of ‘mrityu loka’ or the Earth planet. In the transcendental (aprakat) universe, Kumbh Melas are believed to be held in eight places, among them Vrindavan, Kashi and Kumbhkonam in the South, being foremost.

According to Brij folklore, once Lord Krishna’s father Nanda Maharaj wanted to go to Prayag Raj to have a dip in the Sangam on the occasion of a Kumbh. In those days, travelling to such a far off place was a risky proposition. Lord Krishna said, “Baba, why do you want to undertake such an arduous journey all the way to Prayag? Here we have the blessed Kalindi, Yamuna Maharani, who nourishes us and our cows. Why don’t you just have a bath in the Yamuna?”

Nanda Baba smiled and answered, “Lala, Yamuna is not the holy Ganga. One must have a dip in the Ganga to cleanse oneself of one’s sins during the Kumbh which happens only once in 12 years.”

Krishna asked, “Baba, what would you say if the Ganga appeared here in Brij?” Nanda ji laughed and left.

That night Nanda Maharaj had a dream. He saw a black horse running around and frolicking, turning cartwheels in the dust and dirt of Vrindavan. Soon it was covered in dust and turned white as milk. Puzzled, Nanda Maharaj asked the horse, “When you entered here you were black as coal, but now you are dazzling white! How did this happen?”

The horse answered, “I am Prayag Raj, the King of all Tirthas. Every 12 years, millions of sinful people gather at my banks during the Kumbh Mela and wash their sins in my waters. After the mela, I become black because of having taken on their sins. When I complained about this to Lord Brahma, he advised me to go to Vrindavan and take the dust – Braj raj – on my head. That would purify me and render me pure again. That is how I turned from black to white – my original colour.”

The next morning, amazed Brijvasis saw the white waters of the Holy Ganga flowing into the dark Yamuna. Sri Krishna declared, “Baba, I have ordered the Ganga to flow into the Yamuna today. So you don’t have to go so far away to Prayag. You can bathe right here.” Nanda and all the Brijvasis happily had their dips in the sacred sangam of Ganga and Yamuna.

This year too, starting from Makar Sankranti, the holy waters of the Ganga from Garhganga in U.P. will be released into the Yamuna and the sangam will take place at Vrindavan. According to a Mahapurush in Vrindavan, this event will take place after a gap of 36 years.

Prior to each Kumbh Mela, saints and sadhus gather in Vrindaban, as a gesture of respect to the Dham, to pray and pay homage to Vrindavan. For Sridham Vrindavan is ‘beyond’ the material universe – it is transcendental.

From 20th January until Feb 28th the “Baithak” or assembly of most prominent saints and savants in the land will take place first in Vrindavan. Afterwards the ‘Baithak’ will move to Hardwar.

For the first time, all the four Shankacharyas are expected to gather in Vrindavan in January. This will be an unprecedented occasion in the most sacred and holy dham of Vrindavan.

The leading saints of Braja are hoping to enlist the support of all the acharyas and saints of India to draw attention to the plight of Vrindavan, especially the polluted Yamuna and the relentless mining of the hills of Braja.

Seva to the Dham is seva to Sri Radha Krishna.


Jai Guru !!

Jai Sri Radhey !!