The basic story associated with Kumbh Mela is the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan. But there is spiritual and symbolic meaning to the story which is quite often missed. The story is symbolic – the churning of ocean by Devas (demigods) and Asuras (Demons) is always taking place in us. There is a constant fight in us to overcome the lower mind – the place of desire, ego, jealousy and ignorance.
When we finally defeat the craving of the body and ignorance, we will get the amruta or elixir of life. We are merged in truth. We defeat the temporary and find bliss in the permanent.
The Kumbh – the pot – is the human body. It is our free will as to what we want to churn out of it.
Kumbh Mela thus is an opportunity for us to reflect.
It is also a venue for the best minds to meet. It is also a venue for common seekers to mingle with the Gurus.