New York Kumbh Mahayajna 2012 Canceled

from right: Shri Mahant Macchendar Puri Ji, Mahant Kamal Puri Ji, Shravan Puri Ji

Our 2012 New York Kumbh Mahayajna has been canceled by successful New Age entrepreneur Eddie Stern, the lead organizer in New York, and ended our nearly one year of work to bring the gift of Blessings of World Peace and Prosperity when they are so sorely needed.  I am disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events.

Eddie had dropped names and convinced me he had the ability and commitment to make the event happen, I did extensive work over several months laying the foundation and then after repeated assurances from Eddie I finally arranged Juna Akhara’s agreement to participate and H.H. Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji to preside over the Mahayajna. Eddie acknowledged the magnitude of this event and he rejoiced — but two months later Eddie abruptly cancelled the event. The Juna Akhara took offense at the cancelation and took further offense at Eddie’s letter (through a surrogate) suggesting they accept as his reason the idea that there was no more money in the US. Everyone knows that there is enormous private and public wealth in the US and around the world and that worthwhile projects usually find suitable funding.


  1. What is required to make the Kumbh Mela happen somewhere in the US? What kind of space is needed? How much money is needed? The vision you described on your facebook page is very appealing:

    In the Mahayajna I had conceived, there would be 21 Havan Kunds (sacred fire pits) around which priests, Brahmins, members of the public chosen as "sacrificers", and general public sit around making specific offerings into the fire as vedic mantras are chanted in unison. This is surrounded at a distance by stages on which poetic invocations resembling the content of the mantras are spoken or chanted in various languages, mainly English and Spanish, by appropriate individuals, as well as related speech. Bards (jangams) wander through the crowd. There is also related music and dance performance, especially during the evening. Behind one of the stages, is the encampment of Juna Akhara, 20 tents behind 20 dhunis (also sacred fire pits), in two rows facing each other leading back to the temple of Guru Dattatreya, where arati happens twice a day. The public is invited to sit with the Naga Babas at their dhunis and receive blessings. And all this is surrounded by tents of those organizations who support the sacred rites, in which their own activities may be taking place, as well as the tents and encampments of other honored guests, such as leaders of various TRADITIONS and religions from India and around the world.

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