The banks of Ganga in the city of Allahabad are flocked by millions of devotees in their quest of truth, God, absolution from all sins, and attaining the highest form of spirituality. Many people stay at the Kumbh Mela for an entire month and perform spiritual practices such as yoga, spiritual healing practices, reading of scriptures and spiritual texts, holy bathing, Satsang etc. This is known as KALPWAS.
A day in the life of a Kalpwasi
Kalp means the period equal to the number of years in the four yugs, Satyug, Treta yug, Dwapar yug, and Kal yug, as per ancient Hindu Vedas. It is said that a devotee who piously observes ‘kalpwas’ overcomes sins of his or her previous birth and achieves ‘Moksha’ and is honored with the title of ‘Kalpwasi.’ Throughout the month, he has to take a dip in the holy Ganga at sunrise and offer prayers to the Sun God eat only one meal in a day and spend his entire time in Kumbh Mela leading an austere and minimalistic of life style.
Kalpwas is rightfully called the religious and spiritual majesty of the mind. Even the scientists claim in their research work that Kalpwas has a positive impact on the hearts and minds of Kalpwasis.
Spirituality and Kalpwas
It is said that holy bathing on certain celestial days instills enormous spiritual energy in oneself. This holy bathing in spirituality can be understood in many ways;
• Communicating with the monks and sages who impart immense knowledge on Yoga, scriptures, religion, meditation is filling one with positive and spiritual energy.
• Being blessed by the saints and receiving the spiritual merit of the power of their prayers fills the kalpwasis with good luck and fortune.
• The following of various spiritual practices and leading a strictly disciplined life for a month lets the Kalpwasi attain a supreme spiritual power and delve into the deeper recesses of spirituality.
Medical science and Kalpwas
Dr. V. Tripathi has stated in his research study that Kalpwas and holy bath at the Kumbh ensures inoculation of germs of known and unknown variety among millions of people who take a dip in the holy water at temperature of 8-12 degrees in this group bath. It produces antibodies in human body according to NAAI (Naturally acquired active immunity) principle of immunology thus developing immunity against a number of germs which are present there in low concentrations.
During the Kalpwas, people eat ‘satwik’ and nutritious food and thus attain good health and develop maximum immunity. Thus, the procedure, time, duration, season, atmosphere and lifestyle of Kalpwasis attribute a naturally acquired immunity with no hypersensitivity and low cost.
It can thus be assumed that this spiritual and medical supremacy gained in the Kumbh was referred to as by ‘Amrit Pan’ (drinking nectar) by the ancient sages!