Astrological calculations based on planetary position might lead to altering of the period of occurrence of Kumbh after 86 years. In due course of time, Kumbh may fall after every eleven years as against its normal duration of twelve years.
These astrological predictions caught the attention of the audience at the seminar on 'Prayag evam Kumbh Mahatmya Parv' held at the camp of Allahabad Musuem at Ardh Kumbh mela on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, astrologer Dr Girija Shanker Shastri, HoD Sanskrit, Ishwar Sharan Degree College, threw light on the importance of Kumbh, the religious festival which is influenced by the position of Sun and planets of the solar system.
"Kumbh is based on the position of Sun and Jupiter. Jupiter completes its revolution of the entire zodiac in 12 years and its rotation period is 361 days 1 hour 20 minutes and 34 seconds in one sign of the zodiac.
Likewise, the period of Sun's rotation is 365 days 6 hours 9 minutes and 15 seconds.
Thus there is a difference of 4 days 4 hours and 47 minutes and this difference calculates to one zodiac sign position after 86 years. This will lead to change in time gap between two Kumbh festivals to 11 years.
The holding of Kumbh on ususal 12 years period will start again after 1021 years since 2093 AD. I believe that the Kumbh festival should be organised according to the planetary positions prevailing during that period. It is my request to the scholars to discuss the matter and come to an appropriate conclusion as debate is likely to follow soon," he added.
Another speaker, Ram Naresh Singh highlighted the significance of deity Hanuman and various aspects of his personality.
Hari Narayan Dubey of Allahabad University emphasized on the incidents in Puranas which are said to be the cause of origin of this religious festival. "Kumbh was taken as a symbol and it should be remembered that 'amrit' is actually the good deeds and thoughts of people while 'vish' (poison) symbolises the evil," he added.
Prof JN Pal of Ancient History department, Allahabad University highlighted the historical significance of Prayag and gave example of the pre-historic remains found in Jhunsi which further strengthens its stand of being an ancient city.
Dr VD Mishra gave information about Saraswati, one of the constituent rivers of Sangam. "The presence of Saraswati is nowhere to be found in Prayag now.
Earlier, this river mingled with Yamuna but the shifts in geographical system totally made it extinct and its evidence has been found by few historians in Rajasthan," said Dr Mishra.
Prof Amar Singh said that people of other cities and states consider Prayag as a major pilgrim spot. He opined that such a major arrangement becomes successful on account of faith among the people.
Museum Chairman Prof RK Verma mentioned Kumbh as the cultural identity of the country.
Prof Jagannath Pathak, former principal of Ganganath Jha Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth conducted the event.
Introductory speech was given by Dr SK Sharma, director of the museum. Various other scholars and staff of the museum were present on the occasion.