A religion of wellbeing who cares for the society and its underprivileged people, feeding thousands in a day and millions in a month for free. In Kumbh, you will notice everyone wearing one color garment which symbolizes Sanathan Dharma. Devotees come to Kumbh to experience a minimal state of lifestyle, and worship the 5 essential elements of survival on the Earth – Fire, Water, Earth, Metal, and Wood.
I saw people worshiping and also including these 5 elements of Earth in their daily routine.
• Fire - Fire being the most essential element for survival was used by the locals and the devotees to keep themselves warm in cold winter and also it was used in the daily rituals of Ganga “Arti” – a flame of fire used for the holy purpose.
• Water – Despite dropping temperatures, I saw people taking bath in the holy river Ganga and chanting mantras for their wellbeing at the time of sunrise and sunset.
• Earth – If we go the prehistoric times, people used to sleep on the lap of the earth considering it as their mattress, this was prevalent all over Kumbh, the majority of people slept on bare land in cold winter without any comfort.
• Metals – A large number of people were wearing different types of metal and selling old and vintage metal pieces. Copper was extensively used in their daily rituals of prayer.
• Wood – We as humans are so unaware of the benefits and support nature provides us with to sustain life on earth and among those ones of the very important element is wood. Wood was used by everyone for the purpose of survival and worship both. Wood was used as a fuel to burn fire which helped people in providing heat whereas I also saw Sandalwood was rubbed on a piece of stone and applied to everyone’s forehead in order to keep the state of mind at peace and calm.