Friday, September 25, 2020
Home Opinions The importance of Kumbh Mela and how it is politicized

The importance of Kumbh Mela and how it is politicized

Also Read


Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gathering in the world. The Kumbh going on in the city of Prayagraj now will have an estimate of more than 12 crore pilgrims taking the holy dip. No event in the world, be it religious, entertainment, or otherwise can match the scale of Kumbh. Kumbh Mela is held in four places – Haridwar, Prayagraj, Nashik, and Ujjain. It is held in the Sangam of rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, and Saraswathi. There are several references of the Kumbh Mela in the Hindu scriptures and the history. There are mythological, spiritual, astronomy, social and cultural aspects that make the Kumbh a grand festival.

Let us go into the details of the massive nature of the Kumbh so well organized at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. UNESCO has declared the event Intangible Cultural Heritage. The following list will give you an idea of the perfectly organized city to accommodate the world’s biggest gathering.

  • Kumbh Mela(ardh) in Prayagraj is held once every 12 years.
  • Infrastructure – Over 4200 premium tents, 10000 policemen, 300 KM of roads, and 1.2Lakh toilets built.
  • A temporary town is built that spreads over 32 square kilometers.
  • 5000 tons of rice, 7800 tons of wheat flour and 3100 tons of sugar allocated by the government.
  • 100 bedded hospital for health emergencies.

Politicising Kumbh Mela

Kumbh also attracts a lot of academic, social, cultural and political studies from different parts of the world.

  • Diverting the spiritual significance of the Mela and calling it a superstition. Kumbh has deep spiritual significance in Hinduism. The event is held uninterruptedly from at least 10000 years.
  • Kumbh has been highlighted for political benefits – Leftists and Missionaries have been continuously trying to influence the Kumbh Mela and undermine the importance since a long time.
  • Highlighting environmental pollution, public health concern and infrastructure has been a practice by several anti-Hindu forces.
  • Questioning the event and linking it with the unemployment has begun in the recent past.
  • Creating unrest with communal and anti-religion approaches.
  • Missionaries entering the Kumbh Mela and converting the non-believers.
  • Designing academic and research studies that undermine the significance and highlight the simple issues.
  • Blaming the expenditure of the state government with a communal label to the BJP government.

Let us try and realize the spiritual significance of the Kumbh Mela and work towards celebrating an ancient event of the massive scale in this secular world. Do not forget to take the holy dip whenever you get a chance.

  Support Us  

OpIndia is not rich like the mainstream media. Even a small contribution by you will help us keep running. Consider making a voluntary payment.

Trending now

Latest News

वन्स अपॉन ऐ टाइम इन मुंबई …नाउ इन उत्तर प्रदेश!

आज सुशांत हमारे बीच नहीं है पर जब जब उत्तर प्रदेश फिल्म सिटी की बात की जाएगी सुशांत सिंह राजपूत का नाम स्वतः ही सबको याद आएगा। मेरी मुख्यमंत्री उत्तर प्रदेश से सविनय निवेदन है की प्रस्तावित फिल्म सिटी में सुशांत के नाम पर कुछ न कुछ जरूर बनाया जाए।

India is watching

Every institution in the country, however powerful, derives its justification from the people. The reawakening in the civilisation is visible. The cause of the yearning is not because Modi is in power. Modi is in power because of the awakening. The expression has just begun.

Silence is the digital coffee break!

Our new reality is virtual life and specially the professional life. We have to bring to physical real life as much as possible.

Farmer bills 2020: Protest or celebrate?

It’s time to celebrate and not protest, as the exploitation masters have been tossed up by these reforms and at the same time empowered and enhanced value of our lovely farmers socially and economically.

Suppressing Maratha history in school textbooks

Secularism has never inspired anyone to do anything, except indulging in laziness. A nation without history is like a man without soul. We urgently need to recast our history books by focusing on a few critical points.

Open letter to Mr. Julio Ribeiro

From the time BJP, despite all out efforts by vested interests from both within and outside the country to deny its well deserved entitlement, won the mandate of the people in 2014 there have been unwarranted apprehensions and antagonism in people like you.

Recently Popular

Nationalism and selective secularism

the word "Nationalism" is equated with the word "fascism" or the sense of Nationalism is portrayed as against the idea of India. It is not incorrect to deny that the secular lobby is phenomenal at drawing false equivalences.

पोषण अभियान: सही पोषण – देश रोशन

भारत सरकार द्वारा कुपोषण को दूर करने के लिए जीवनचक्र एप्रोच अपनाकर चरणबद्ध ढंग से पोषण अभियान चलाया जा रहा है, भारत...

5 Cases where True Indology exposed Audrey Truschke

Her claims have been busted, but she continues to peddle her agenda

Daredevil of Indian Army: Para SF Major Mohit Sharma’s who became Iftikaar Bhatt to kill terrorists

Such brave souls of Bharat Mata who knows every minute of their life may become the last minute.

Mughals are NOT Indians

In this article we analyse whether Mughals were Indians or invaders who stayed because of the vast wealth and resources and also the power it gave them in the Islamic world.