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Origin of the Name Prayag and the Holiness of Prayag

Prayag located at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati is one of the most important sacred places in Hinduism. The holiness of the place is due to the meeting of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The place gets the name Prayag after God Brahma performed a yajna here to purify the atmosphere after he created the Universe. Prayag thus means ‘the place of purification.’

Prayag has got six ghats – Holy bathing spots. Two ghats are located on Ganga and another two ghats on Yamuna and two at the confluence of these rivers.
Numerous holy spots and temples are spread across Prayag. They include:
Dhirrttya KuliyaMadhu kuliyaNiranjan TirthaNiranjan TirthaShrir MochanParsuram TirthaGaughatKapil TirthaIndeshwarShivaTempleTarkeshwar KundTarkeshwar KundDasashwamedh Ghat at DaraganjLakshmi TirthaMahadevi TirthaUrvashi TirthaUrvashi KundAgnikar or Arail - Someshwar Mahadev (Som Tirtha)Twelve Madho temples

Children Aspiring to Become Naga Sadhus Will be Ordained During Kumbh Mela 2013

Shri Panchyati Akhara Naya Udaseen is the only Akhara that ordains children as Naga Sadhus before the age of 14. Children not immediately ordained as Naga Sadhus – they are allowed to live with their Gurus so they can get first hand information about a life of Naga Sadhu. The children can then decide to stay or return home. After the children are ordained as nagas, they are given proper education, be it in traditional Vedic or Sanskrit schools or modern schools run by the akhara.
Hindustan Times reports  Hundreds of children aspiring to become naga sadhus will be ordained Bal Naga Sadhus of Shri Panchyati Akhara Naya Udaseen in the Kumbh Mela. The centuries-old tradition also gives ordained kids important designations such as mahant, kothari, and bhandari.  The training of these teenaged naga sadhus begins under the watchful eyes of their revered guru. By the time they become adults, they are adept at handling these roles efficiently. Currently, there are over 350 child naga sadhus in…

The Significance and Meaning of Narayana – By Sri Tridandi Chinna Srimannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji

Narayana is the Supreme Being – this is what is explained in the Bhagavad Gita. In the 10th and the 11th chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord clearly says that He is present in each and every object and is responsible for its survival. There is no being or object without Him. He is present in and is the cause of support for every atom that exists. Thus He is in everything, not just in heaven or space.
Arjuna was scared upon seeing the universal form of the Lord. He could see neither the beginning nor the end of it. In the 10th and the 11th chapters, the Lord clearly explains how He is in everything and everything is within Him.
These two chapters explain the meaning of the word NARAYANA.
RA in Sanskrit means that which perishes; NARA means that which never perishes – but only changes its name, color, place or form. NARA means all such objects (to explain the plurality, the word NARA becomes Naara.
AYANA means support –from within and outside. Support to what? The answer follows…