On July 14, 2015 Nashik and Tryambak (also spelt Trimbak) witnessed a grand start to the biggest spiritual event of Hindu culture. Simhastha Kumbh Mela begun with the Dhwajarohan – hoisting of spiritual flag sign to mark the start of Kumbh that will last for a year. Both the flags have been made by copper plates and religious rituals have been performed over it – at both Nashik and Tryambak. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended Tryambak inauguration and Mahara-shtra CM Devendra Fadnavis attended the Nashik function.
Thousands of people attended both the functions along with sages and saints from all over the country. Many state and central officials were also present.
Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Swami Avadheshanand Giri presided over the function at Tryambak. Mahant Sagarananda Saraswati of Shad Darshan Akhada Parishad, Mahant Narendra Giri of same Akhada Parishad, Mahant Harigiri Maharaj, Mahant Rajendra Singh Maharaj, Mahant Dr Bindu Maharaj also shared the dais. Maharashtra Water Conserva-tion Minister Pankaja Munde, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and MP Harishchandra Chavan were also present with many local MLAs and leaders.
At Nashik, Mahant Gyandas Maharaj, Jagadguru Hansadevacharya Maharaj and Jagadguru Narendra-charya Maharaj were also on the dais. Along with CM Fadnavis, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Nashik Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan, Minister of State Dadasaheb Bhuse, MP Hemant Godase were also present along with host of other leaders.
In his inaugural speech, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Indian Culture is all inclusive and it not only connects all humans but also connects all living and non-living things and universe with each other. He said the Kumbh is not only religious but a cultural event that represents huge dimensions of Hindu culture.
Innovative Planning in Place
Preparing for the global event like Kumbh has not been an easy task for the Nashik administration. But so as to believe Deependra Singh Kushwah, Nashik’s young and dynamic Collector, all the innovative planning is in place. While talking to Organiser he said, “First we have ensured that there will be continuous electricity supply during Kumbh and no load shading or power failure will appear during Kumbh – especially on Parvani (special auspicious dates). For that MSEB has erected two new 33 KV substations in Nashik and one at Tryambak.
He emphasised that Indian culture has always promoted universal brotherhood through concepts like Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam. Sages and saint here always taught to live homogeneous life without any discrimination towards anyone. Universal welfare was initially conceptualised and always promoted on Indian soil by sages, he added.
Swami Avadheshanand Giri Maharaj pointed out that while Western culture sees world as market, Indian culture teaches us to see world as a home. Indian culture always promotes humanism and universal welfare, he added.
In Nashik, Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis also expressed similar views and said the Kumbh Mela is an event to further the cause of universal welfare and it will be achieved through spiritual participation in Kumbh. He praised the Kumbh Minister Girish Mahajan and district administration for making huge efforts for good arrangements in Kumbh.
-Rajesh Prabhu Salgaonkar