Kumbh Mela 2013 – living with mahatiagi

941738 393262024115724 1363670131 n Kumbh Mela 2013   living with mahatiagiBelow is our movie about the greatest human gathering in history — Kumbh Mela 2013, at holy Triveni Sangam, Allahabad, India, where more than 100 million people gathered to take part in the greatest festival ever. This event is interesting not only for a triumph of religious consciousness in the XXIth century, but for the spirit of tolerance and non-violence, all the Hindu denominations had shown during the 55-day event. The Kumbh Mela pilgrimage and event takes place every 12 years at a holy site near Allahabad (Prayag) for at least 15 hundred years (documented), maybe many-many years more. Ukrainian practical religious studies expedition had spent a month in a Mahatiagi camp, living with SitaRam saddhus, trying to follow them in all the saddhu ways, practices, and observances,  exploring the wonders of Kumbh Mela. This documentary explores the complexities of Hindu saddhus life and the meaning of Kumbh Mela — the most sacred event for hundreds of millions Hindus Living at Kumbh Mela-2013, part 1: (more…)

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Kumbh Mela — expedition in search of Nectar of Immortality

13471 385992851509308 1631055136 n Kumbh Mela    expedition in search of Nectar of ImmortalityKumbhamela (Kumbh Mela)  is the greatest religious festival in the world. It takes place every 12 years at the banks of the sacred Triveni Sangam, near Allahabad for at least fifteen hundred years (perhaps much longer). Year 2013 celebration was attended by more than one hundred million people. That is, every seventieth inhabitant of the planet. The festival has become the largest documented gathering of homo religiosa in one place in the history of humanity.

The myth of Kumbh Mela

Once the gods have decided to churn the Primordial ocean to extract  the elixir of immortality from it. But the gods had become weak and unable to complete this feat themselves and they asked help from Asuras (demons). For a thousand years they churned the Ocean, using the serpent king Vasuki as a rope wrapped around the axis of the world, a gigantic mountain Mandara. The first to appear from the foam was a terrible poison that threatened to destroy all the worlds. Then Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the universe.

After that there appeared various miraculous creatures and treasures, and finally the bowl (Kumbh) with the nectar of immortality, Amrita. For possession of Amrita a terrible war crashed out (more…)

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Maryada“, also spelled “mariada” (Sanskrit., मर्याद) — is one of the most important concepts in vishnuit SitaRam mahathyagi tradition.

Maryada” literary means “respect”, but with much broader meaning than the English word has.

Maryada is both a philosophical concept and a set of complex rules of contact in SitaRam community and among thyagi saddhus.

Maryada defines everything – from the order in a queue to receive darshan, closeness to the murti during aarti (servise), to the way how laymen approach the guru’s or saddhus dhuni… Maryada is in the core of that mysterium tremendum, that sacred fear which makes hindu peasants tremble approaching guru’s place, that makes them immediately disappear on the first sight of babaji’s discontent…

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