The Sanskriti Kumbh was held in Mumbai on September 5 where big names from the political, business, cultural, film and television spheres were in attendance.
Shri Subhash Chandra welcomed the guests with his address. He said, “Kumbh’s objective is the betterment of the whole universe. With the same thought Rishi Munis began the tradition of Kumbh and it has been going on for thousands of years. UNESCO too has given it the status of Intangible Cultural Heritage.”
The list of distinguished guests included Minister of State Dr Mahesh Sharma, Lok Sabha MP Shri Manoj Tiwari, Padmashree Smt Padmaja Phenany Joglekar, Shri Madhur Bhandarkar, Shri Sonu Nigam, Shri Kailash Kher, Shri Sharman Joshi, Shri Deepak Tijori, Shri Sukhwinder Singh, Shri Prasoon Joshi, Shri Himesh Reshammiya, Shri Gajendra Chauhan, Shri Ronit Roy, Music composer duo Ajay-Atul Gogavale among others.
The dip fills you with positivity: Shri Subhash Ghai
Subhash Ghai Ji welcomed the guests at the event and said that this is significant event that is happening in Mumbai. “Mumbai city is not only the financial capital of the country but also houses the film, television, media and entertainment industry. Mumbai is a place where finance, commerce and arts go hand in hand. Here there are creative minds from all over the country, and while we might be writing stories from our imagination, it is inspired by and depicts the rich history, culture and traditions of our nation.”
Speaking about the Kumbh he said, “It is not just a festival to take the holy dip, but has immense importance behind it which is derived from the thoughts of our Rishi Munis who studied nature and started this tradition thousands of years ago. The dip is takes away any kind of depression or negativity and fills you with positivity. Like Subhash Chandra Ji said, there is a different kind of power there and we have to change our perspective of looking at it.”
For the first-time people will get to witness Saraswati: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
Addressing the gathering Yogi Ji expressed his heartfelt pleasure that so many people had graced the event and shown their dedication towards the Kumbh.
Narrating about what he saw during his visit to the Kumbh in Nashik in 2015, he said, “I have seen in the recent years that a lot of negativity has been spread among people about the Kumbh. That it discriminates. I asked people that when crores come to Kumbh, no one can tell which gender, caste, creed or religion they belong to. The Kumbh does not differentiate. There is no discrimination. The Kumbh is not a religious event, it is a symbol of our national integration and social harmony.”
He added, “The Kumbh is a club. It unites everyone.”
He said that for the first time the preparations are being carried out on such a grand scale, this time the organization of the Kumbh Mela will be very special. Yogi Ji said that this time for the first time in history, devotees would be able to dip not only at the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna, but they will also be able to feel the invisible Saraswati river. “People will be able to witness the Saraswati situated in the Fort of Prayag. We already have taken the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India’s approvals for this purpose.”
People will also be able to witness the Dwadasa Madhav, visit Bharadwaj Ashram and the Chitrakoot Ashram. This Kumbh will reflect the thousands of years of tradition. He said that it is estimated that more than 15 crore devotees will come to Kumbh this time.
He also said that the scale of the event is much bigger than ever before. “The Kumbh Mela was organized in 5000 acres, this time it has been extended to 10,000 acres.” Yogi Ji added that ambassadors from every country will be invited to witness the Kumbh, also not just Indians living abroad but also foreign nationals will be invited to be a part of the largest congregation in the world.
He also spoke about how the land’s culture is that of inclusion and people of different sects and traditions have co-excited in harmony for years. He extended a warm invitation to the Kumbh to everyone and said, “The 22 crore people of Uttar Pradesh are eager to welcome you to the Kumbh.”
Our culture is like the flowing waters of the Ganga: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
Welcoming everyone to the Sanskriti Kumbh in Mumbai, Devendra Ji said that the Kumbh that is the symbol of our faith and the legacy of our culture is unique in the entire world. “Our culture is so deeply rooted at it cannot be shaken. It has taught us one more thing. Our culture is like the flowing waters of the Ganga. We have always accepted timely changes to it, because of which even several cultures around the world disappeared, ours is still alive and thriving.”
He further added that different cultured and civilizations came and integrated with ours but, “we never attacked or invaded others. We never won anyone over using weapons. We tried to win the world with our culture and teachings. That is what the Kumbh is about. While one may live for oneself, values and culture teach one to live for others too. That perhaps is the reason why the highest level of tolerance can be seen in Bharat.”
“The sun did not discriminate while giving its light, the river did not discriminate while distributing its water, nor did the air discriminate about who breathed it. Our Kumbh is also like that. It is the confluence of all people and creates an atmosphere of inclusion and positivity” he added. “I hope that tune that has emerged here today will continue to resonate well beyond the Kumbh in Prayag, he said urging everyone to come to the Kumbh and become a part of history in the making.
There have been attacks on faith in this country, yet no one was able to destroy it: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Shri Bhaiyyaji Joshi in this speech asserted that Kumbh is a cultural event which reflects Indian culture and tradition. Hailed the effort of Yogi Ji and the active role he is playing in organizing the Kumbh.
Speaking about the resilience of the nation, he said, “Looking at Bharat’s history we can see that it is ‘Mritunjay Bharat’ which means it has beaten death and risen again several times.”
“It is so because everyone living here are children of elixir,” he added referencing Swami Vivekananda’s words. “There have been attacks on faith in this country, yet no one was able to destroy it. Temples were torn down thinking that faith resides only there. But rebuilding demolished temples is the history of India. Similarly, scriptures were burned but people regenerated these too. The messages of these scriptures cannot be destroyed by burning the scriptures.”
“Somnath temple is an example of this and perhaps in the coming years there will another one,” he added.
Speaking about the culture of Bharat that the Kumbh also symbolises, he said that it is not wrong to fulfil ones needs, it is human to do so, doing so by working hard and accepting the reward and at the same time without causing harm to others, is the culture of Bharat. “We must think about how to preserve this thinking and culture,” He added.
“Besides the religious and spiritual aspects of the Kumbh, another aspect is this event that follows the cycle of twelve years, is that it rids the society of the negativity and flaws. It is chance to correct these.”
He concluded by saying that we can utilize our knowledge and our tools for the betterment and prosperity of society, especially through the means of our art.
Subhash Ghai Ji gave the note of thanks to all and expressed optimism and confidence about the Kumbh that will be held in Prayag early next year.
The distinguished guests attending the event also expressed their views on the significance of the Kumbh and about the first-ever Sanskriti Kumbh held in Mumbai.
The event organised by Naimisharanya Foundation was held at ISKCON in Mumbai. Two books about the Kumbh were also released at the event and performances by Manoj Ji, Kailash ji, Sonu Ji and Sukhwinder Ji entertained the guests present at the gathering.
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