Ganga Rani, one of the four sacred pools.
The Divine Life Society of South Africa will be celebrating the auspicious Ardh (Half) Kumbha Mela at its’ glorious Sivananda International Cultural Centre (SICC), La Mercy, as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations, on Sunday, March 3.
The Ardh (or half) Kumbha Mela is currently being observed in India at the confluence of the sacred Ganga, Yamuna and the subterranean Saraswati rivers, and concludes on March 4.
The Kumbha Mela, takes place every 12 years on the banks of the holy Ganga in India and it attracts over 70 million pilgrims.
During this auspicious period, devotees in this country will have an opportunity to pay their respects to Mother Ganga and receive Her blessings.
The programme will commence at 7am in Bhagirathi and a special Havan dedicated to Mother Ganga will take place at 7am; this will then be followed by breakfast and Ganga Arati.
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A special satsang will commence at 10am in the main prayer hall, followed by lunch Prasad. The guest of honour during the Satsang will be Dr CP Yogi, director of the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, in the office of the Consulate General of India.
SICC has four pools which are sanctified with holy Ganga water-Bhagirathi, Ganga Rani, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Ganga Arati will take place at all four sacred pools and devotees will have a chance to have Darshan of Ganga Mata and offer Ganga Jal (sacred water) into all the pools as well.
All temple groups, prayer groups and Hindu organisations are gracefully invited to partake in this sacred Yatra, as a tribute to the Divine Mother in the form of the all-merciful and compassionate Ganga Mata is paid.
Further information can be found at the Divine Life Society of SA website at www.sivananda.co.za or by calling the society’s headquarters on 031 262-2314.