Attention: people that want to help breaking up the camp are welcome to join us from the 27th of February till the 2nd of March
Welcome to the great Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad (Prayag) in January and February!
Millions of pelgrims, sadhu’s, musicians, artists, cooks and all kinds of craftsmen are gathering near the sacred spot where the Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati rivers meet. A drop of the nectar of immortality fell here during the fight between the gods and the demons when the universe was first created. On astrologically determined days, millions of holy men and pelgrims take a bath in the Ganga to wash away karmic impurities and to help the soul find it’s way to freedom… It’s a grand meeting of the different orders (sampradaya’s) of sadhu’s and their followers. Ashrams and guru’s of all over India set up camp in Prayag during the Kumbh and organize all kinds of activities: music and chanting, theater, food distribution… Above all, the Kumbh Mela is a celebration of the unity underlying the great diversity of spiritual and religious paths that run through India from ancient times till the present moment.
The Kumbh is a symbol for the search of the personal soul for freedom, which ends when it knows itself, without any doubt, as One with the Original Soul of all Beings (Brahman). Where the three rivers meet, the three constituents of the human form (body, mind and heart) meet in the Supreme Consciousness of this One Being. You are that!
The Ashram Camp at the Kumbh Mela:
By the Grace of the One Lord, we have the opportunity to set up camp at the Kumbh. Everyone is welcome to stay with us. We ask for a contribution to finance the camp. Radhebaba and Bruno are present at the camp throughout the Kumbh Mela.
The camp starts on the 6th of January and ends on the 27th of February. Here’s a list of the major bathing days (the really big ones are in bold):
14th of January 2013 - Makar Sankranti
27th of January 2013 - Paush Purnima
6th of February 2013 - Ekadasi
10th of February 2013 - Mauni Amavasya
15th of February 2013 - Vasant Panchami
17th of February - Rath Saptami Snan
18th of February - Bhisma Ashtami Snan
25th of February 2013 - Magh Purnima
Of course, every day is a bathing day during the Kumbh Mela. We are just listing the major ones.
The campsite is located in Sangam Sector 6. It’s 3 km to the North of the Sangam and just 500 meters from the Ganga. If you ask us, this is a very good location :-). The full name of the camp is Dharm Path - Yatharth Yog Ashram (धर्म पथ - यथार्थ योग आश्रम). Signboards will be both in English and in Hindi.
Here, you can read some more on how to get to the camp.
The site is provided to us by Mahakavi Tiruphala-ji and recognized by the Indian government.
Staying with us at the Kumbh Mela:
We provide a home base at the Kumbh for our Indian and foreign friends, and for those who feel they would enjoy the simple lifestyle and sharing mentality of the Ashram while attending the Kumbh Mela. We are not a commercial organization, so we don’t cater to tourists expecting a hotel-like service. So what can you expect? Here’s an attempt to describe it:
- about 30 by 40 meters of camping space
- simple accomodation in dormitory tents and spacious dorm huts. Separate quarters for male/female/couples are possible on request
- mattress, bedding and bedsheets*
- shared bathroom (basic bucket shower, no hot water) and toilet facilities
- fresh vegetarian meals three times a day: small breakfast (around 9am), lunch (12am-1pm) and dinner (8-9pm). You are free to skip a meal. If you know you will skip a meal, it is nice to let us know.
- space for our guests to sit, talk, read, meditate…
- a safety box for storing some valuables
- regular moments of chai-sharing
- a mix of Indians and foreigners (seperate tents and huts)*
- regular Yoga, Satsang and Bhajans
- some assistance with getting to Allahabad and to our camp
- an open atmosphere of cooperation and friendship. Feel free to do anything that can help us to make this place into a beautiful little paradise,
- a great meeting place and a home base within this great meeting called the Kumbh Mela
* If you have a sleeping bag or your own blankets you would like to bring, please do so, and please let us know you will do so.
Even if you’re not staying at the camp, you are welcome to join us for Yoga, Satsang and Bhajans , or just to spend some time with us :-). You can also have food with us (Prasad). Please consider a donation to the Ashram for this.
Please do realize that the Kumbh Mela is really big. On most days, there will be a lot of ’sounds’ (or noise, if you mind). Especially on the main days, there will be huge crowds. Please be prepared to face this. In the night, it is mostly more quiet, as the governement has prohibited the use of loudspeakers from 10 pm till 6 am. We will not use loudspeakers, so we only have to fear those of our neighbours :-). In the dorm tents, we ask everyone to do their best to be silent from 10pm till 6am. You are always free to go out and spend some time in other camps, temples, ashrams, in the streets or at the side of the Ganga. Please read our page with cautions.before you set out.
The organization of this camp does cost money, of course. A contribution of about 1700 rs (25 euro’s) a day should be enough to cover the expenses of your stay and help us cover the costs of preparing and setting up the camp.
Minimum contributions (the list is based on the days you will spend the night at our camp, so don’t include the day you’re leaving. The highest minimum counts):
- Till the 3rd of February = 5100 rs (3 days), even if you are staying less than three days.
- 4 to 7 February = 8500 rupees (5 days), even if your staying less than five days.
- 8 to 11 February = 11900 rupees (7 days), even if your staying less than seven days.
- 12 to 17 February = 8500 rupees (5 days), even if your staying less than five days.
- 18 to 28 February = 5100 rs (3 days), even if you are staying less than three days.
If you’re planning to stay more than 10 days with us, we’ll be happy with a contribution of 20 euro (1400 rs) per day from the 11th day onwards. Helpful souls that are staying two weeks or more can enquire with us about their contribution.
In some cases, we have slightly reduced the contributions for students or people living on a tight budget that shared their wish to stay with us. If that’s the case for you, you are free to check with us, although we can’t promise anything.
In case someone is really stuck, lost or out of money, we will not hesitate to help him or her out, of course.
Extra contributions are always welcome (but never asked for). If some funds remain unused after the camp, they will be used in the construction of our new school in Rajpur.
Places are limited! At the moment, we are planning on 15 places for foreigners, but we’ll have enough space to accommodate up to 40 in the days around the 10th of February. To have a clear view on the budget and the number of people staying with us, we ask you to confirm your stay in advance. Please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can send you some more information on the ‘booking-formalities’. The registration of our foreign guests is organized by Indygo association, our partner based in Belgium. Note: if you do not receive a reply within a week, please send us another email or call us, as we have had some trouble with unreceived emails in the past.
Once the camp has started, we can only offer you a place if there is one left. Up to the 6th of February, we have lots of free space, so you could just show up and get a place.
Please understand this is not a commercial project! The Kumbh Mela is an exellent place for spiritual practices (sadhana, devotion, prayer, self-enquiry and meditation). It is a meeting of souls striving for freedom. We are sharing this great opportunity in our Love of the Supreme One, which is your own Pure Self.
Of course, everyone is welcome, so feel free to relax and be yourself
Any remaining funds will be used to realize our shool in Rajpur.
NOTE: please avoid arriving at or leaving from Allahabad on any of the Major Bathing Days and on the day before (and even after) a Major Bathing Day, as there will be huge crowds!
We also advise you to book your trains well in time! Train bookings have already opened. See the website cleartrip.com for this. As there is an almost 100% refund policy, booking early is the best thing to do. Flying is possible to Varanasi (120km) and Kanpur (200km). Here you can find some more on how to get to the Kumbh and to our camp.
We are very greatful for this opportunity to share time and space with you at the great Kumbh Mela. We want to thank all of you for your trust and for the contributions that are making this possible.
Any more questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Blessings from the One Heart!
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Just as a note: Our True Friend Mooji is holding Satsangs in Rishikesh in February-March. Very accessible and good for the soul Take a look at http://www.mooji.org if your intimate wish is to awaken to the Truth you are.