Maha kumbh 2013 attracts foreign devotees
Kumbh Nagar, Jan 30 : The ongoing Maha Kumbh at Allahabad has attracted a large number of foreign devotees and thousands have already reached at different ashrams to take a dip in Sangam on Mauni Amavasya on February 10.
According to officials of the mela these foreigners are seeking shelter in the residents of the Dharmacharyas, monks and their Gurus. Most of the foreign devotees are arriving in the ashram of Peethadheeshwar Swami Chidananda Saraswati of Parmartha Niketan, Rishikesh.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati said here today the foreign devotees residing in his ashram regularly take part in the campaign to clean the river. He proclaimed that the purity of Ganga should remain intact.
He expected the administration to retain all the arrangements till the end of the fair. Swami Chidananda says that so far everything is going on well and they hope that the MahaKumbh would pass off peacefully.
Ashram sources said so far, more than five hundred foreign devotees have reached their ashram and many more are anticipated to arrive. Foreign devotees can be seen eating pulses, rice, vegetables, roti and salad in the dining hall of the ashram of Swami Chidanand Saraswati. The foreign devotees residing in the ashram are being taught to dress decently and to behave courteously.
Most of the foreign devotees reaching the Mahakumbha are from the USA, France, UK, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. More than 1000 foreign pilgrims have arrived in the camps of Juna Akhara, Niranjani Akhara, Mahanirvani Akhara and Yogi Satyam.
Pilgrims from abroad reaching the Mahakumbh are embracing Indian culture and gastronomy entirely. Foreign devotees start their day with morning yoga and after that, they meditate and pray.