The Color of Hinduism

India is a land of religious identities and we often give certain colors to our religion. Certainly, Saffron symbolizes Hinduism. While I was walking around the famous site of Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, my eyes decided to spot the color of Hinduism on the ghats of the Triveni Sangam.

If you do not know what Triveni Sangam is, then let me tell you in simple words that it is the confluence of three rivers. The Triveni Sangam at Allahabad is the confluence of river Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is believed that out of the three holy rivers, river Saraswati flows under the ground and joins Ganga and Yamuna from below and that is why it is invisible. It is a sacred place for Hindus. A dip at Triveni Sangam is an Indian tradition to wash away sins and make way for heaven. It has connections with the historic Hindu mythology .

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Honestly, my visit had nothing to do with faith and religious sentiments. To me, it was about a spending a peaceful evening strolling on the sand and watching the rivers meet. I also heard some chants in the background while sadhus were performing certain rituals on the ghat. I saw plastic cans hanging at a shack and they explained that this is Ganga Jal for sale. There were boats and fishermen too.

It was also a place of livelihood where a woman selling the godly stuff – sindoor, taweez and prasad smiled at me and two kids posed with garlands in their hands. There was no God but there was some Power and without even taking the holy dip, heaven was right in front of my eyes.

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