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The Kumbh mela

Sunday, July 19, 2015 1 Comments

Imagine the Mumbai at 1970s, when Ram and Shyam, two brothers, separated by their personalities but joined by a common mark. Suddenly bumps in to each other, often in situation as likley as of sworn enemies who do not see eye to eye. However, in a fest of fist and tug of war, while the fabric from their shirt sleeves rips off, they discover a common symbol, an emblem that is perfect "show stopper", a design or a tattoo that acts like a cease fire the world never about before. It could be either a railway engine, a trident sign or a random design perfectly Ctrl C plus control V, at most likely at their arms or back. Voila! Time for reunion.

If you are a Bollywoood AKA Hindi Film Buff like me, it would not take you more than 2 seconds to guess what I am talking about. In other case, I would suggest that you pick up couple of bhai-bhai [brother vs brother] movies from 70s or 80s and enlighten yourself about this "one of its own" melange that takes place once in 144 years, the one and only "Kumbh Mela".

Kumbh Mela, a name synonymous with "lost and found" tryst of Bollywood stories, is also one of the biggest religious gathering of the world that draws million of people around the world to it.

It was held recently in 2013 and invited so many visitors including curiosities around the world. Well I too am intrigued by this concept and wanted to explore more. So when Blogadda invited me to unravel the mysteries of Kumbh Mela by participating in the #TheKumbhMelaExperience activity at BlogAdda in association withAnugraha I could not stay away- being charmed.

What is Kumbh Mela all about?

Well well, I have heard myriad stories about it and am yet to experience it, off course outside the Bollywood circuit. All I know that is held at the banks of pristine and auspicious rivers and incite taking a holy dip in pure river to rise above the merits and demerits that their karma can offer.

Yes, such is magnanimity of holy rivers that they have knows to be like mother that takes away your vices and fill you with it's blessings. The holy dip is not just about ablutions of sins but also a lot more. Wonder what draws people to have the dip? Have a dekko at the video below.



Things that come to my mind when someone says #KumbhMela

Like I said in beginning Kumbh Mela is immensely popular for its reference and aide to Hindi movies for their "Lost and found", ceasefire stories, read reunion. But hey, Kumbh Mela, a name attached to many a religious sentiments to many Hindus in the country and abroad. Kumbh Mela is also about color, about festivity and faith at large.

Here's list of few "top of mind" recall that I have when I hear #KumbhMela

1) The mark of engine
2) A bank of river full of people
3) Color riot in pleasant way
4) Holy Mother River
5) Naga Sadhus oops!
6) Lost and Found, off course
7) Religious Sentiments
8) Ganga Aarti [My most favorite]

well these were the my top few recalls. Let me know yours. And if I get a chance to attend and watch the documentary on the same, I will indeed share my experience with you. Till then. Happy reading- numerounity!



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1 comment:

  1. Love this post. I love such Hindi potboilers to death and such scenes of two brothers separated, in double roles as well, won my heart. I wanna write a blog post on this story line:)

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