Maha Kumbh attracts large number of foreign sanyasis

Last Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 21:09

Allahabad: Maha Kumbh, described as one of the largest gatherings of humanity on Earth, is not only attracting indigenous devotees but also people from various other parts of the globe, who are thronging in large numbers in search of spiritual enlightenment.

A large number of foreign sanyasis, who have subscribed to India`s rich religious culture and heritage in their quest for peace, are taking part in all key rituals of the ongoing religious gathering.

Vishnudevanandji Maharaj, a high-ranking monk of the Juna Akhara, is one such person who travelled from Russia to take part in the event.

He said a 16-ft-tall statue of his Akhara`s deity is going to be unveiled at his Divya Lok Ashram, some 700 kilometres from Moscow, next month.

"The statue of Dattatreya, the presiding deity of the Akhara, will be installed in my Divya Lok Ashram," said the monk.

"It is part of a grand plan of building 108 temples, three of which have already been constructed," he added.

Recalling his tryst with Indian religion and culture, the monk said he came in contact with Hinduism after meeting his guru `Pilot Baba`, a former Air Force officer-turned-godman, in 2009.

Olga, a Russian fashion designer, is also accompanying his guru Vishnudevanandji Maharaj at the Kumbh.

Indicating towards increasing influence of Vedic culture in Russia, she said a large number of Russian disciples are following the Vedic way of life as the country is now taking to spirituality in a big way.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 21:09

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