Press Release from Press Conference Feb 8, 2014
Sanatana Hindu Sangha of California is bringing the timeless and rich tradition of Kumbh Mela to the West!
The Maha Kumbh Mela, traditionally celebrated in India, is the oldest and largest gathering of human beings on the planet. Millions of people from all over the world, representing every tradition of Hinduism, come together every three years on this monumental, festive and majestic pilgrimage promoting brotherliness, joy, faith, peace and prosperity.
In the Maha Kumbh Mela celebrations in India, multitude of Enlightened Beings, carrying positive energy come together in large numbers in a grand procession to take a Snaan (holy dip) at the holy rivers, for the purpose of showering collective positive energy to the whole planet. Deities energized by Enlightened Beings are also brought to the Snaan to energize the river, and the water becomes amruta (nectar).
On February 22, the Sanatana Hindu Sangha will bring the experience, the splendor, the celebration and the tradition of Kumbh Mela to the Excelsior grounds at the city of Norwalk, California.
During this event, the most colorful happening will be the grand procession of Hindu temples and organizations. At the end of the procession, the Ganga Snaan will be performed – the deities from various temples will be immersed in a pool sanctified with water from the sacred river Ganga. The teerta (holy water) is the essence of Kumbh Mela. Devotees receive the teerta to absorb the positive energy.
The highlight of the event will be the the Kumbh Mela message delivered by Mahamandaleshwar (spiritual head) and Swamis of various Hindu traditions. This will be followed by a spectacle of lights, the Ganga Arati (an offering of lit lamps) to Ganga water. The celebration will conclude with devotional music in the form of Bhajans (devotional songs). In keeping with the timeless tradition of Kumbh Mela, free Prasad (energized food) will be offered.
All are welcome! For more information, please visit www.usakumbhamela.net or contact Pannkaj Kummar at 714-936-1439