Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Simhastha Kumbha Ujjain 2016

Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bath in a sacred river. Traditionally, four fairs are widely recognized as the Kumbh Melas:
  • The Haridwar Kumbh Mela,
  • The Allahabad Kumbh Mela,
  • The Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha Kumbh Mela
  • The Ujjain Simhastha Kumbh Mela
These four fairs are held periodically at one of the following places by rotation at the above places. The main festival site is located on the banks of a river: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar; the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati at Allahabad; the Godavari at Nashik; and the Kshipra at Ujjain.

At any given place, the Kumbh Mela is held once in about 12 years. There is a difference of around 3 years between the Kumbh Melas at Haridwar and Allahabad and then in between Allahabad and Nashik; the fairs at Nashik and Ujjain are celebrated in the same year or one year apart.

This year, there was occasion of Simhastha Kumbha Fair at Ujjain. Though I wanted to go there and had some plans initially, but later as I planned for Himachal trip so this visit to Simhastha was in doubt.

Madhukar and Vethan were very much interested to be there in holy presence of the sacred river, Lord Shiva as well as divine masters. They persuaded me to join them. I also wanted to go there and so easily fell prey to their persuasion. 

From Bangalore, a trip to Ujjain can be done by Train or Bus, but we opted for flight to save time as well as to make sure that we are not tired during journey itself and are ready to withstand the fury of Lord Anshumaan during the visit.

May 15th was one of the main bathing dates so we planned our trip accordingly from 14th morning till 16th evening.

The exact date for the occasion of Kumbh Mela is determined according to a combination of zodiac positions of the Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon.
  • Haridwar Kumbh Mela happens when Jupiter in Aquarius, Sun in Aries (March-April) 
  • For Prayag (Allahabad) Jupiter in Aries, Sun and Moon in Capricorn; or Jupiter in Taurus and Sun in Capricorn  (January-February)
  • For Trimbak-Nashik Jupiter in Leo; or Jupiter, Sun and Moon in Cancer on lunar conjunction (Amavasya) (August-September). This fair is also known as Simhastha / Sinhastha, as Leo is involved
  • Ujjain Jupiter in Leo, Sun in Aries; or Jupiter, Sun, and Moon in Libra on Kartik Amavasya (April-May) This fair is also known as Simhastha / Sinhastha, as Leo is involved
Besides the usual Kumbh Mela, at Haridwar and Allahabad, an Ardha ("Half") Kumbh Mela is held every sixth year and a Maha ("Great") Kumbh Mela occurs after 144 years.

The festival is one of the largest peaceful gatherings in the world, and considered as the "world's largest congregation of “religious pilgrims".

An estimated 120 million people visited Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013 in Allahabad over a two-month period, including over 30 million on a single day, on 10 February 2013 (the day of Mauni Amavasya).

Day 1:

The flight from Bangalore was at 0605 AM. We did not had any checkin baggage so things were smooth for us. Though we got the last row seats.

Morning about 9 AM, we were at Indore. From there a local bus carried us to Ujjain in about an hour.

In Hindu Legend, Sapta Puri (Seven Cities) are said to be of utmost religious importance. These are: Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi, Kanchipuram, Ujjain and Dwarka

An ancient city situated on the banks of the Kshipra River, Ujjain is among the most prominent city on the Malwa plateau of central India. It emerged as the political centre of central India around 600 BCE. It was the capital of the ancient Avanti kingdom.

In the Mauryan period, Ujjain remained the administrative centre of the region. Ujjain was an important literary centre of ancient India. Kalidasa spent at least a part of his life in Ujjain.

Ujjain also appears in several stories as the capital of the legendary emperor Vikramaditya. Somadeva's Kathasaritsagara (11th century) mentions that the city was created by the Vishwakarma, and describes it as invincible, prosperous and full of wonderful sights. 

In 1235 CE, Iltutmish of Delhi Sultanate plundered the city, and destroyed its temples.

However, Ujjain continued to be an important city of the region. 

The religious tradition links it to Lord Shiva triumphing over the demon king Tripurasura and then renaming the city as Ujjainyini (meaning 'conquers the pride').

Emperor Ashoka also played a significant role as the Viceroy of Ujjain in enhancing its importance.

Rajput King Jai Singh II built an observatory here, called the JantarMantar. The reason for building the observatory here was that it was the centre of Hindu Astronomy since ancient times and it was located on the prime or first meridian (of longitude) established on the canons of Hindu astronomy. According to Indian astronomy, the first meridian of longitude passes through Ujjain. The modern calculations have established that the Tropic of Cancer passes through Ujjain. The famous Mangalnath Temple is located in this line.

We were at Ujjain at about 1030 AM. We took some refreshment at the Ujjain bus stand (Nana Kheda).

Now we were wondering where to stay. Initial thought was stay at some hotel. My brother insisted me to talk to Sant GyaniDas Ji, who belongs to Mahatyagi camp of ascetics and was camping there. I called him and then we took an auto to his camp.

It was good to stay among the ascetics at Kumbh. It fulfills the purpose of being there, taking bath, visiting temple and discussions with masters.

It was hot summer noon. Feeling tired and sweating, a good rest and lunch was of immediate importance.

The place was full of camps and so it took us some time before we could reach his camp. I was a bit anxious as we were waiting for Swamiji to arrive. But I found Madhukar and Vethan to be quite normal and did not had any feeling of discomfort. To withstand physical discomfort is one of the primary steps to attain Gyana.

Finally after a search of over an hour, we were able to locate his camp. The tent was quite comfortable that we could have got there, and had provision of water coolers as well. We all took bath and some rest after taking food at the “Langar” there.

According to mythology, the origin of the Kumbh Mela can be found in the ancient legend of “Samudra Manthan” (Churning of Ocean). The legend tells of a battle between the Devas and Asuras for amrita, the drink of immortality. During samudra manthan, or churning of the ocean, amrita was produced and placed in a kumbha (pot). To prevent the asuras from seizing the amrita, the gods ran away with the pot. It is said that at four spots the drops of nector got spilled over and these four places became the sight for the famous fair. 

Besides their religious significance, historically the Kumbh Melas were also major commercial events. According to an 1858 British account of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, besides priests, soldiers, and religious mendicants, the fair was attended by several merchants, including horse traders from Bukhara, Kabul, Turkistan, Arabia and Persia. 

One of the major events of Kumbh Mela is the "Peshwai" Procession, which marks the arrival of the members of an akhara or sect of sadhus at the Kumbh Mela. Other activities include religious discussions, mass feeding of holy men and women and the poor, and religious assemblies where doctrines are debated and standardized

After visiting the Kumbh Mela of 1895, Mark Twain wrote:

“It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination, marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites”

The order of entering the water is fixed, with the Juna, the Niranjani and Maha Nirvani Akhara are the first to take bath on “Shahi Snan Day”. 

We had a lot of discussions with Swamyji, Madhukar and Vethan had a lot of questions. I also got benefitted along with them. 

Evening around 5 PM, we decided to venture out. The first place in list was the Kaal Bhairav Temple. 

Kaal Bhairav Temple is dedicated to Kaal Bhairav, the guardian deity of the city. Located on the banks of the Kshipra River, it is visited by hundreds of devotees daily. 

Kaal Bhairav is said to be the “Tamas” form of Shiva. The “Rajas” form is at Mahakal and the “Sattva” form is at Omkareshwar-Mamaleshwar. 

Shiva is origin, middle and end of all the three “Guna” of “Sattva, Rajas and Tamas”.
The present-day temple structure was built over the remains of an older temple. This temple has been mentioned in the Avanti Khanda of the Skanda Purana. 

The temple was about 3 KMs from our camp. We took a shared auto to reach nearby. The place was full of people moving in all directions. 

Drinking water was arranged by Government as well as local people every few hundred meters. It was very welcome gesture. Keeping body hydrated was the best means to bear the heat and Sun.

Many people think that pilgrimage has to be done, when one is old. I feel this is wrong notion. In old age, it is very difficult to withstand the physical discomfort of such journeys.
Old age should be kept aside for doing prayers silently. Pilgrimages should be done, when one is young and physically fit.

Old people and children must have full address and contact numbers with them so that police can trace their guardians in case of they getting lost in that mad rush. 

There were many camps on both sides of the road. There was also one camp from Chhatisgarh Government. 

Soon we were in queue. As expected it was quite long but as it was moving so did not felt any problem. 

Soon we were in Temple sanctum. Inside the sanctum, photography was not allowed. I don’t know the reason. Though outside there were many TVs installed, where devotees can see the Pooja happening inside. 

Liquor is offered to the temple deity as one of the five tantric ritual offerings known as panchamakara: madya (alcohol), maansa (meat), meena or matsya (fish), mudra (gesture or parched grain) and maithuna (sexual intercourse). It is said that in older times, all five offerings were made, but now only alcohol is offered; the other four offerings are in form of symbolic rituals. 

To offer the liquor, devotees hand over the liquor bottles to the priest, who pours the liquor in a saucer. He then offers prayers, and takes the saucer near the deity's lips. He tilts the plate a bit, and the liquor starts disappearing.About one-third of the bottle is returned to the devotee as prasad. 

We did not offered liquor, just the tamas of our heart to Lord.

After darshan we spend a little more time in the temple courtyard. There was one ash clad sadhu, who allowed us to be photographed in lieu of some money.

There were also many monkeys as well as Langur monkeys in the courtyard. Though they did not disturb anyone.

We walked back slowly towards our camp. On the way there was a famous temple of Siddhanath. Here there is Siddha Vat, the legendry "Vat" tree, where the legend of Vikram and Vetaal is said to have occurred.

Siddhavat of Ujjain holds a special place for all pilgrims. Mother Goddess Parvati is believed to have performed her penance here. The current temle was constructed by the Maratha officials.

River Kshipra abounds in tortoises at Siddhavat. 

It is said that Muslim rulers tried to curb and cut the Banyan tree and then covered it with iron sheets but its offshoots pierced through the iron sheets and this tree regained its glory.

We had darshan of Siddha Vat in the temple and then descended to the banks of Kshipra. Next we had darshan of Lord Siddhanatha. 

It was late evening and becoming dark. It was time to go to camp. 

Vethan and Madhukar took diner on the way at a Jain Dhaba. I was not feeling hunger probably owing to heat.

On the way to camp, we decided to cross the river and visit the Mangalnath temple as well.

The Ghats of Kshipra was very well lit and was looking very beautiful. Many people were taking bath at that time at the MangalnathGhat. On the way, we also saw the camps of many Sadhus. One sadhu was standing since 1988 and another was standing since long only on one leg. Though they did not allow us to take photograph.

Crossing the Kshipra we took the left turn to reach Mangalnath Temple.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mangalnath Temple is described in Matsya Purana and is said to be the birthplace of Mars. The temple is situated at the place where the first meridian is said to pass the earth and so it turned to be an apt place for astronomical studies. 

The temple is perhaps renovated recently and the construction is quite beautiful. There was good rush but arrangements were good and we had nice and close darshan. 

We returned back to our camp. 

In camp, I went to take dinner, while Madhukar and Vethan got busy on spiritual discussions with Sant Gyanidas ji. I joined them later.

It was a bit late, when we went for sleep. Tired, soon the mother of sleep took us in her sweet lap.

Day 2:

Morning we got up early. It was one of the auspicious day for bathing. 

We took an auto to reach near the ghat. Still it was about 2 KMs from where the auto dropped us. Ramghat was main ghat to take bath along with Dutta AkaharaGhat. These two ghats face each other and were connected via a boat bridge.

As expected, today being one of the main bathing days, it was huge rush. Slowly we walked to reach the ghat.

It was difficult to keep the bag somewhere. So I took the bags of Vethan and Madhukar as they descend the steps to take bath in Kshipra. Once they were done, I took the holy dip.

Water was quite refreshing and I thanked the Lord of Ujjain, the Mahakaal, to given me opportunity to visit this place again, that too during the auspicious occasion of Simhastha Kumbh. 

After getting refreshed with holy dip, it was time to have darshan of Mahakaal.

It was ocean of people there. There was almost no effort required to move as the crowd was pressing hard. 

As we approached closer to temple, Madhukar told me that there was also a special darshan entry for Rs 250 as well. But it was very difficult to cross the crowd to reach the ticket counter. 

Somehow we pressed hard in that mad crowd to reach the counter and after reaching there were greatly disappointed to know that tickets were over!

Greatly disappointed we again have to cut through the crowd to reach in the main line. But it seemed difficult. The crowd pushed us hard and we reached the line of special darshan. I told the policeman there that I don’t have tickets and getting pushed hard so that can’t go into general queue. 

The police there seemed helpless with the crowd. He didn’t reply to me and allowed us along with the crowd to enter the temple premises through that queue reserved for Rs 250/- ticket holders. 

Lord Mahakaal is so merciful! 

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams. The presiding deity, Lord Shiva in the lingam form is believed to be Swayambhu. 

As per Shiva Purana, once Lord Brahma (the God of creation) and Lord Vishnu (the God of sustenance) had an argument in terms of supremacy of creation. To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as a huge endless pillar of light, the Jyotirlinga. Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma split their ways to downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either direction. Brahma lied that he found out the end, while Vishnu conceded his defeat. Shiva appeared as a second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshiped till the end of eternity. The Jyothirlinga shrines, thus are places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light.

The twelve Jyothirlinga are:
  • Somnath in Gujarat,
  • Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh,
  • Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh,
  • Omkareshwar - Mamleshwar in Madhya Pradesh,
  • Kedarnath in Himalayas,
  • Bhimashankar in Maharashtra,
  • Viswanath at Varanasi,
  • Triambakeshwar in Maharashtra,
  • Vaidyanath at Deogarh in Jharkhand or at Baijnath in Himachal Pradesh or at Baijnath Parli in Maharashtra,
  • Nageswar at Dwarka in Gujarat,
  • Rameshwar at Rameswaram and
  • Grishneshwar at Aurangabad in Maharashtra.

The idol of Mahakaleshwar is dakshinamurti, which means that it is facing the south. This is a unique feature, upheld by the tantric traditions. The idol of OmkareshwarMahadev is consecrated in the sanctum close toMahakal shrine. The images of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are installed in the west, north and east of the sanctum sanctorum. To the south is the image of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. The idol of Nagchandreshwar on the third storey is open for darshan only on the day of Nag Panchami. The temple has five levels, one of which is underground. The temple itself is located in a spacious courtyard surrounded by massive walls near a lake.

The present structure of temple was built by Maratha officers in 1736 AD.

Soon we were there in front of the Lord of the times and the Lord of the Lords. In sanctum, we prayed to him and were blessed with his darshan. Being in the sanctum, we forgot about the rush and all the physical hardship.

Next we also did darshan at Omkareshwar shrine next to Mahakaal.

Don’t get confused with this Omkareshwar shrine with OmkareshwarJyotirlinga, which is about 135 KMs away on the banks of Narmada river.

It was time to take some refreshment as we had not taken anything since morning. So a plate of Poha and Kachori did the needful.

Next I was planning to visit the Shaktipeetha of Mother Goddess Harsiddhi. It is close to Mahakaal Shrine.

As we walked towards the temple, soon we realized the crowd on the road. To control the crowds, the Police has barricaded the entire area and so to reach the Temple of Mother Harsiddhi, we have to walk more than a couple of KMs extra in that hot summer noon.
Madhukar wanted to taste the Bhaang. We went to a nearby shop to get that. The quantity was licensed by Government.

We walked slowly to the temple now. Madhukar was still doing good.

Harsiddhi Temple in Ujjain is said to be one of the 51 Shaktipeetha of mother Goddess. Seated between the idols of Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati, the idol of Annapurna is painted in dark vermilion colour.

Rush was not as big here as at Mahakaal.

Legend says that when Shiva carried away the burning body of Sati from the sacrificial fire, her elbow dropped at this place.

This temple is associated with legendary kingVikramāditya. Vikramaditya is said to have visited Miyani, then known as Minalpur, a port city ruled by PrabhatsenChavda of Chawda dynasty south of Dwarka, in modern day Gujarat. Vikramadiya was blessed by the Devi. He requested Harsidhhi Mata, to come to her kingdom at Ujjain, where she would worship her daily.

She is also known as Vahanvati Mata as she shows the path to travelers.

Mother Harsiddhi was also known by the name ‘Mangalchandiki’. King Vikramaditya used to worship deviHarsiddhi and dedicated his head eleven times in the feet of MaaHarsiddhi but the divine mother again brought him to life.

This place is of special significance for Tantra performers and Yogis that is also mentioned in the spiritual and mythological history of Ujjain. MaaHarsiddhi fulfills the desires of all those devotees and pilgrims who come into the temple with full faith and paid their deep obeisance to the divine mother.

In front of the Sanctum of Harsiddhi temple in assembly hall there is a ‘Shree Yantra’. In the holy premises of the temple there is also a temple of lord Shiva namely Karkateshvar Mahadev and where it is the belief of people that KalsarpDosha is eliminated here. 

We had put our slippers at a convenient location, but when after darshan we came out of temple, we realized that it was not that convenient place to put the slippers. We had to walk quite a distance to claim our slippers again. 

Now it was a challenge to return to our camp. Lord Anshumaan was blazing mercilessly and there was no auto to take. We walked almost 6-7 KMs to finally get one auto who after some altercation dropped us about a Km ahead of camp. 

I went to take lunch, but Vethan and Madhukar wanted some rest first. 

In the evening, we decided to visit the Dutta Akhara area which was the place dotted with camps of many Sadhu traditions including Naga. We started a bit late was were busy with SantGyanidasji on several spiritual topics. 

Madhukar was still feeling some impact of Bhaang, so excused from coming with us. Vethan and myself walked towards the Sandeepani Ashram and took an auto to reach there. 

Sadīpanī Muni was the guru of BhagavanShri Krishna. At this place, Krishna, Balarama and Sudama studied togeather.

There is also a Shiva temple here which is said to be worshipped by sage Sandipani. The area near the ashram, known as Ankapata, is believed to have been the place used by Bhagavan Shri Kṛishna for washing his writing tablets. Near the ashrama is the Gomti Kund, a stepped water tank. 

Legend has it that this is where Krishna summoned all the holy waters from various holy places so that his elderly Guru, Sandipani Muni can take bath and would not have to travel other holy places.

Time to walk towards the Dutta Akhara. We were expecting to get some auto to reach there, but could not and we walked for almost 6-7 KMs to reach the area.

The entire area was quite illuminated and there was heavy rush. For some famous akhara like Dashnaami Akhara was guarded by Police and so were not allowed to go inside.

I saw many foreign sadhus also there. 

I wanted to visit the camps of Swamy Nithyananda and also of Swamy Chidananda of Parmartha Niketan, Rishikesh. 

We had already walked 6-7 Kms on that hot evening and there was not much strength left to walk further distance. I came to know that the above camps were still a few KMs away so we dropped the plan.

We met with some Naga sadhus there. In the brief conversation, they mentioned that their permanent abode is in Mandi distrist in HP. 

It was getting late and we were not sure of getting any convenience to return back. We started back and fortunately got one shared auto who dropped us close to Siddha Vat, about one KM from our camp.

Madhukar had gone out for a walk with Swamyji and came after sometime. We took dinner then and after some conversation with Swamyji, went to sleep.

Day 3:

We got up early as we had to visit the Jyotirlinga of Omkareshwar-Mamleshwar today. This place is about 135 KMs from Ujjain via Indore. 

Taking the blessings of Swamyji, we tookleave from him and took a shared auto to Nana Kheda bus stand.

Bus we got easily and though there was quite rush, we got seats to sit.

After about 4 hours, at around 12 we were at Omkareshwar.

Omkareshwar is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu symbol.

Omkareshwar Temple along with Mamleshwar Temple, which is on the other bank of Narmada river, is considered as one Jyotirlinga.

Bus dropped us about 2 KMs before the town, we took and auto to reach there and immediately rushed to the queue. As the queue was moving slowly, to our great disappointment, we came to know that temple will be closed from 1220 till 1315 hours.

There was option to go towards the Narmada ghat and take some rest, but we decided to remain in queue. Our flight was at 1845 from Indore and I was getting a bit anxious about it.

Some little girls were distributing water to pilgrims there. There were doctors also taking round to help if required. Lord Shiva bless them for the kind gesture.

At around 1320, the queue started moving slowly. It was still a walk of over one MK before we could reach the sanctum.

One has to be very careful as we descend into the sanctum, many people miss to see the Shivalinga, which is at the floor.

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga also has a few legends associated with it.Three of them are prominent. The first story is about Vindhya Parvat (Mount). The Vindhya mountain got jealous of the glory of Mount Meru and he decided to be bigger than Meru. Vindhya started worship of Lord Shiva to become greater than Meru. As a result, Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him with his desired boon.

Vindhya began to grow, and became an obstacle for the people travelling between south and north of India. Gods approached sage Agastya for help. Agastya along with his wife came to Vindhya, and convinced him that he would not grow until the sage and his wife returned from their trip to South India. They never returned and Vindhya is there as it was when they left.

The second story relates to King Mandhata and his son's penance. King Mandhata of Ikshvaku clan (an ancestor of Lord Ram) worshipped Lord Shiva here till the Lord manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga. Some scholars also narrate the story about Mandhata's sons-Ambarish and Muchukunda, who had practiced severe penance and austerities here and pleased Lord Shiva. Because of this the mountain is named Mandhata.

The third story says that once upon a time there was a great war between Devas and Danavas(demon), in which Danavas won. This was a major setback for Devas and hence Devas prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased with their prayer, Lord Shiva emerged in the form of OmkareshwarJyotirlinga and defeated Deamons.

It is said that on a request of all the gods and the sages Lord Shiva made two parts of the lingas. One half is called Omkareshwara and the other Mamaleshwar or Amareshwar.

On the other side of Narmada, there is temple of Mamleshwar, which along with Omkareshwar, forms one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. There is a bridge over Narmada river connecting Omkareshwar temple and Mamleshwar temple.

Omkareshwar is also said to be the place where Sri AdiSankara met his Guru Govindapada in a cave. This cave can be found even today just below the Shiva temple where an image of AdiShankara has been installed.

We visited both the temples. The view from bridge was quite fascinating. The waters of Narmada was very clean.

Under the river linking scheme, the Narmada has been linked with Kshipra river. This has resulted in very help to the farmers of the Kshipra basin.

It was about 3 PM when we took the bus to Indore.

The bus driver was very slow and was stopping every 500 meters to load passengers in already overloaded bus. I was getting more and more anxious. Two railway crossing also added to the worry.

Finally, I decided to take some step, when the bus driver stopped at a dhaba. It was very clear that if we continue with same bus we will miss the flight.

We left the bus and tried to get into another bus. With Lord’s grace the third railway crossing was down and so the buses stopped. One kind bus driver, allowed us to get it. It was a AC bus from Atal Bus scheme.

We alighted at IT Park, Indore at about 1730 hours. 1800 hours was last reporting time at Airport.

Immediately some auto drivers rushed towards and an altercation started in between them that who will carry us.

One auto which started with us, was not in good condition and so we took another. He tried to race us through small lanes so that to avoid the red lights and we can reach airport in time.

It was race against time and anxiously I was looking into my watch. Second by second we were losing the times.

At around 1805 hours we alighted at airport and rushed inside. The executive there kindly entertained us much to our relief. If we would have late by a few more minutes, we were surely missed the flight. As we were not carrying any check-in baggage, so it helped us in quick check-in.

At about 2145 hours, we were at Bangalore, thus completing a blissful though tiresome visit to the legendry Kumbh Mela!


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