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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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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