Kumbha Mela In Ujjain
Posted March 14, 2004
Dear Maharajas, Prabhus,
This year, in the month of April and some part of May (an astrologically very auspicious period with Jupiter in Leo), the 12-yearly Maha-Kumbhamela will take place in the ancient and holy city of Ujjain, formerly known as Avanti. While there are several refences to this city in the S.B. and other vedic literatures, the most interesting for Vaisnavites is:
"Concealing Their innately perfect knowledge by Their humanlike activities, those two omniscient Lords of the universe, Themselves the origin of all branches of knowledge, next desired to reside at the school of a spiritual master. Thus They approached Sandipani Muni, a native of Kasi living in the city of Avanti." - SB 10.45.30-31
Close to the ashram of Sandipani Muni, where Lords Krishna and Balaram studied and mastered all branches of knowledge in sixty four days,Iskcon is setting-up a camp under the auspices of Vrindavan, Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat and Indore. Srila Prabhupada desired that we properly utilize the oppurtunities presented by Kumbhmelas for preaching.
Situated on the banks of the Shipra river, Ujjain is located only 60km. from Indore, and is easily accessible by rail and good roads.The nearest airport is Indore. Other cities near Ujjain are Bhopal, and Baroda.
Iskcon Padayatra will be camping at the Iskcon site throughout and there will be scholarly discouses both for devotees and the public by senior devotees. Cultural Programs, spiritual exhibitions etc. will be some of the highlights. BTG India have set a target of 1,00,000 magazines during this period!
Important days of snana:
- 5th April - Caitra Purnima
- 13th April - Mesha Sankranti
- 22nd April - Amavasya
- 4th May - Vaisakha Purnima
Accommodation: will be in tents
Registration: There will be no charge for devotees bringing letters from their respective authorities. Religious activities such as giving charity performed in Ujjain during this period bestow good fortune and spiritual merit upon the performer.
We have a very ambitious programme of distribution of full Prasad to whoever visits our camp, and to distibute books at susidised rates, as well as to render other services to the pilgrims. Any contrbutions will be welcome.
We shall be updating this information in future issues of this newsletter, and relating the history and importance of Kumbha-Mela etc.
In the meantime, we really do hope that you can come for this Kumbhamela and make it a success.
Pleae treat this as a personal invitation.
For Kumbhamela Committee,