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Kanwar Yatra Throuh My Lens


Mad Bhole Fury Road

Who doesn't have seen the Mad Max Fury road, an oscar nominated crazy movie, which have a long chase throughout the movie, Well for many of us it was great thriller and a kind of different concept but, what if I say this is nothing new, Mad max happens every year in India , wondering right ?

Is Kanwar Yatra is any less than Mad Max Fury Road?

Kanwar Yatra 

Kanwar yatra is an antediluvian ritual, which has been  equally followed till today. It starts annually in  the month of Savan  (July -August) according to the Hindu calendar, in which the devotees of Lord Shiva participate.This sacred yatra's (traveling) destination is the Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttrakhand, Sultanganj in Bihar,in order to bring the divine water of Ganges traditionally knows as the Ganga Jal, which later propound to the Sivaling at their local temple on the festival of Maha Shiva Ratri.

Take a yatra of History

According to the Vedas , In the month of Savan the Churning of the ocean famously know as "Samudra Manthan" took place and as the result of Churning it was the poison which emerges out first, followed by the 14 Ratnas (Gems) including Goddess Lakshmi as well, at the last stage of churning Amrita appears. To save the Univers from the vicious venom, Shiva took the venom.However, after taking the venom Shiva turned blue and started suffering from heat and according to the legends, it was the Ravan who brought holy water of Ganges by using Kanwar and released Lord Shiva from its suffering, by pouring Ganga Jal over the Shivaling of Pura Mahadev temple.

Insight of yatra

  • Free Food - throughout the yatra you can find so many food stalls which offer free food ,water, and shelter to the Kanvarias (participants of the yatra).
  • Dress Code- This yatra has its own color code which is bhagva (saffron) color.
  • Mode of traveling - this yatra gives you full freedom for traveling, you can do a "pag yatra" (on foot traveling) which is the most common, cycle ride ,bike rides, by car , have a truck! Bring it on, for god sake tractor ? why not , In any way who dares to stop a Kanvaria.Enjoy the full freedom on Roads.
  • Code for greeting -  And yes they have their own code too , "Bol Bam, Bam Bam". 

"They travel barefoot, sleeps beneath the blue sky, enjoys the free food and you think you are a great traveler" 

Desi Mad Max Fury Road

1. They have the Stark Desert from where they can control the water flow, we Gaumukh! though we don't have the ruler of the Gaumukh.


mad max fury road

2. Throughout the movie, they chased for the water, So do we. After all the whole point of the yatra is fetching the water.


mad max fury road
 3. Brough your own Dj to the party, So do we.

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 4. They have Dress code, we have better.
Dialogue , movie "Witness me", Kanwar "Bam Bhole"

shivaratri




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