Young seers steal the show at Magh Mela

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Young seers steal the show at Magh Mela

PRAYAGRAJ : They may not have management degrees, but young saints and seers camping at Magh Mela on the sandy stretch of the Ganga are experts in managing activities in massive ashrams and camps visited by thousands of devotees everyday, in true 'Guru-Shishya parampara' (teacher-taught tradition). In addition to planning and leading routine puja, yajna, 'guru sewa,' Yoga, and meditation sessions, the seers are educating people about the need of immunisation and social distancing in the fight against Covid 19. These young seers and saints, such as Acharya Anuj Mishra and Acharya Devendra Swaroop Bhramchari, are in charge of the camp's daily operations in addition to doing routine puja, yajna, and guru sewa.

Interestingly, the ongoing Magh Mela saw a large number of young seers and sadhus aged 18 to 30 years, who are in charge of managing meals for all 'bhandaras' (community feats) within the camps or 'kalpwasis' staying in their tents, puja management, daily routine meetings, yoga and meditation camps, and so on. "Aside from earning my Shastri degree in Sanskrit, I have been handling the Charkhi Dadri camp operations with the grace of my guru and Swami Brahmashram Maharaj," stated Acharya Anuj Mishra (19), Charkhi Dadri Haryana. "Waking up early in the morning and engaging in normal puja and yajna, we take care of lunch preparations for saints, 'kalpwasis' staying inside camp, and guests visiting to take Guruji's blessings," he added.

The grace of their guru bestows upon them the ability to govern camps and ashrams. "It takes a few years after we learn about all the minutes to organise a camp for devotees and welcome visitors," stated another young seer. "Work and responsibility are assigned to every individual in the camp or ashram, and we all work together to make things better," he added.