Water is Life and Rivers are the bearers of this Essential Element , a fact appreciated by Ancient Indians.
Keeping in mind the importance of Life giving Rivers, they have been revered in India since time immemorial and worshiped as a Mother or Goddesses.
As the Sun sets over the River Kshipra , the River Banks light up in celebration of the “Simhastha Mahakumbh”.
I earnestly hope you have followed two earlier posts titled “Colour me Saffron” and “Divine Flowers” to appreciate this Enchanting Spectacle which unfolds only once in 12 years.
Priests clad in traditional attire offer Evening Prayers or “AARTI” to the Goddess River Kshipra .
The “Aarti” or offering prayers with Fire as a Holy Witness is an ethereal sight as the banks of the River Light Up with Oil Lamps.
Millions throng the Ghats or the River Banks ( Please see the featured Image) and sing in unison daily during the entire month the Mahakumbh is celebrated in Ujjain, Madhy Pradesh, India..
Numerous Priests clad in Crimson and Saffron Dhotis hold Brass Oil Lamps and chant Verses in Sanskrit in Praise of the River Goddess Kshipra.
A Priest offers Sweets or “Prasad” to all the devotees after the culmination of the “AARTI”.
The Brass Oil Lamps are the same which were held up by the Priests in the picture above.
The “Simhastha Mahakumbh” held on the banks of the River Kshipra once in 12 years based on planetary positions is a Bathing Festival which continues for over a month.
Folklore and Mythology going back to thousands of years reveal numerous symbolic stories which highlight the importance of Clean and Pure Rivers, the carriers of Life giving Water.
“Enchanting” ,is it not ? Read on for more.