In their endeavour to make the Ganga pollution-free, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) has sought land for bhu-samadhi (land burial) for high order saints, who leave for their heavenly abode during the Kumbh, in mela area during the 2019 Ardh Kumbh.
As per tradition, high order saints are given jal-samadhi (water burial) after their death.
But the ABAP wants to do its bit to save holy rivers by changing their tradition.
Earlier too, the ABAP had passed a resolution before the Haridwar Kumbh in 2009-10 and then before Allahabad Kumbh in 2013. The Akhara had even given a proposal to former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in this regard. However, nothing much was done at that time.
This latest proposal for bhu-samadhi was discussed with the administrative officials by the ABAP at a meeting here on May 1.
“It’s an age old ritual of giving bhu-samadhi or jal-samadhi to saints. Since the water level of Ganga is receding fast the Akhara Parishad has passed a resolution in which a proposal is given to UP government for allotting land for giving bhu-samadhi to saints. This way the saints’ community will ensure that the water of Ganga remains clean and pollution-free. It would also send a strong message to people across the country to join the drive for making the holy rivers pollution free,” Swami Narendragiriji, president of ABAP, said.
In the meeting attended by divisional commissioner Ashish Goel, district magistrate, Allahabad, Sanjay Kumar, SSP Shalabh Mathur among others the ABAP also demanded that Peshwai routes on which the royal procession of naga sadhus passes during the Ardh Kumbh should be made encroachment free.
“We have also asked for free transportation facility for pilgrims from the temporary bus and taxi stands to mela area as generally these temporary stands are made quite far away from the mela area,” he added.
Also present at the meeting were ABAP secretary Swami Harigiri, Mahanirvani Akhara secretary Ravindra Puriji etc.