The Kiva in the Kumbha Mela February 2019 (6 days)
A Journey from the Himalayas to the Ganga Delta at Gangasagar! (28 days)
Native elders from many tribes join the Kumbha Mela to pray for Mother Earth’s rights together with the spiritual leaders of India.
What is Kiva?
In native american Kiva means the temple of the heart of Mother Earth. It is a circular excavation where universal prayers of healing and gratitude are raised in honor of the Mother. Kiva ceremonies are held for raising our human consciousness and sharing the concern and wisdom regarding our world situation.
This tradition of ancestral prayer has been revived and practiced for 50 years thanks to Raymundo “The Tiger” Pérez, a native from the Lakota people from South Dakota. It was in 1968 when through a Sun dance he had a vision of a Kiva ceremony reuniting the elders from all the native communities of the world to pray together in a spirit of love and respect.
The Kiva is accompanied by seven purificating rites:
- Sacred chants in different languages
- Sacred dance to have our hearts unite and dance; circular dances
- Sacred fire in the kiva lit up by the seniors
- Temaskal – sweat lodge with special invocation
- Lectures in relevant topics
- Cleaning the holy place to set an example
- Sacred food – prasadam distribution
Kiva in the Kumbha Mela
It is believed in the ancient times during an ongoing war between the demons and the demigods for the possession of the elixir of immortality, a few drops fell to earth at four places: Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik, and Ujjain. These are the four places where Kumbh Melas are held, gatherings of millions coming from all over India and the rest of the world, searching for purification and Moksha (salvation).
The Kumbh Mela held at Allahabad is the most auspicious of all the four places. It’s the mythological history according to which, when Lord Brahma was done with creating the world, offered his first sacrifice here. Hence the justification of its ancient name Prayag, meaning Place of Sacrifice. The place also holds a special significance according to the Hindu scriptures for holding the confluence of three of the most sacred rivers of India: Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati at Triveni Sangam, which becomes the nucleus of all celebrations of Kumbh Mela.
Allahabad Ardha Kumbha Mela 2019 will be a historic event, which will unite the native elders of America with the spiritual leaders of India. A Kiva ceremony will be held with:
- Entering into the kiva to visit the 5 altars by leaders and authorities sharing their prayers and requests.
- Playing a sound of drumming for world recovery.
- Taking the dip in the holy river
- Night prayers around the sacred fire
- Holy river ceremonies such as ganga artik
Explore the potency of our united nations of the spirit!
There will also be a:
- a sacred women empowerment workshop
- dramas to enliven the meditation and activism for our common goals
- a stage where chaskis deliver mother bhoomi’s call for love
- the call of the young generation to the world. Selected youngsters sing and speak.