To assist Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee's vision to develop spiritual tourism in the Ganga Sagar belt, West Bengal, India, ISKCON is ready to launch a permanent kitchen there, with a capacity to prepare up to 10,000 meals a day.
The second most popular mela after Kumbh Mela is the Ganga Sagar Mela. Celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm, the festival has a cultural and spiritual significance where pilgrims dip themselves in the holy waters of Ganga to purify their souls.
Due to the recently released large quantities of water from barrages Ganga has swollen, covering all low lands, and is flowing by the Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Marg road.
Under the organization of Ministry of External Affairs Government of India and Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Prayagraj hosted at least one person from every country at the occasion of the sacred Kumbh festival.
Going anywhere outside the Guru Karishni Camp was a challenge because there was a veritable flood of humanity outside its confines: an estimated 64 million people were descending upon the Mela to bathe on February 4th, the most auspicious bathing day.
A new temple dedicated to Ganga Devi has recently been constructed by ISKCON Mayapur's Ganga Mata Seva Committee, where a Deity of Ganga Devi is worshipped along with Deities of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai. This temple is only the beginning, for the committee has plans to construct a larger and more opulent temple for the worship of Mother Ganga.
A film by Aeyaz.