Pandit Rajmani Tigunait arranged and led these chants drawing from the oral tradition of a long line of Himalayan sages. Many songs in this collection are Indian classics; a few are unique, rarely-heard arrangements. In the rhythm of these chants, you'll feel the pulsation of the concentrated energy of millions of saints and seekers who gathered in Allahabad, India, for the Maha Kumbha Mela.
Once every 144 years, due to the alignment of celestial bodies and the intense spiritual practices of saints and sages, benevolent forces are perfectly polarized at the convergence of India's sacred rivers. This event is the Maha Kumbha Mela, which last took place in January 2001 in its traditional setting on the bank of the Ganges in Allahabad, the City of God.
The Himalayan Institute's magnificent 40-acre campus on the banks of the Ganges is just two miles from the main site of the Maha Kumbha Mela. Many auspicious practices and teachings took place on this campus during the Mela in January 2001, including a 21-day rudra yaga, sessions on the Shvetashvatara Upanishad, and meetings with yogis and saints from many ancient traditions. Musical performances and traditional Indian dances punctuated this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, arranged and led these chants expressly for the Maha Kumbha Mela, where they were performed at the Himalayan Institute's private campus. Their rhythm will reside there for ages, transmitting the pulsation of the concentrated energy of millions of saints and seekers who gathered for the event.