10 Things That You Must Know About The Kumbh Mela

Kumbha Mela is an auspicious gathering. It is one of the most famous fairs where devotees from across the globe come to attain spiritual upliftment. The major event of the festival is the ritual bathing on the banks of the river in whichever town Kumbh Mela being held, such as Ganga in Haridwar, Godavari in Nasik, Kshipra in Ujjain and Sangam which is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, in Prayagraj(erstwhile Allahabad). You too can garner some benefits; this year Kumbha Mela will be held at Prayagraj( erstwhile Allahabad).

1. Time & Location

The Kumbh Mela is held every three years, and switches between four different locations.

2. Kumbha Mela 2019 Bathing Details

Kumbha Mela 2019 will start from January 15 to March 4, 2019. Special dates are Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snaan) on 14/15 January, Paush Purnima on 21 January,  Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath i.e. 2nd Shahi Snaan) on 04 February, Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snaan) on 10 February, Maghi Poornima on 19 February, Maha Shivratri on 04 March 2019

3. What is ‘Kumbh’

‘Kumbh’ literally means ‘Pot’ or round vessel. The origin of the Kumbha Mela rests on the mythological story of Hinduism that Lord Vishnu spilt drops of nector at four places while transporting it in a Kumbh(Pot). Hence these four places hold the fair today known as Kumbh Mela

4. The Holy Men

Several holy men from different Hindu sects attend the Mela, such as the Nagas who do not wear any clothes, Kalpwasis who bathe thrice a day and Urdhawavahurs who believe in putting the body through severe austerities. They come to the Mela to perform sacred rituals pertaining to their respective groups.

5. Many Cultural Events

Witnessing the rich culture and heritage that our country possesses, people from all over India visit this renowned fair which consists of 5 main pandals for a series of events. You will get to see some spectacular musical performances along with some traditional folk dances on a regular basis from January 2019.

6. Pravachan Pandal

If you wish to have a spiritual experience here at the site, make sure you visit the Pravachan pandal where spiritual discourses will be given.

7. Tourist Walks

Tourist walks have a unique significance as they let you explore the various parts of a region including the renowned temples and forts. In the Sangam walk, arranged for the tourists visiting Prayagraj(erstwhile Allahabad), you will get an opportunity to visit Bade Hanumanji Temple, Patalpuri Mandir, Akshaya Vat, Allahabad Fort, and Ram Ghat. And, this walk is organised by the government.

8. Thematic Gates

In order to be able to navigate your way through this giant fair, and to enhance the aesthetic appeal of this glorious event, the government has also installed several thematic gates, that you shouldn’t miss while you’re out and about in this place. These gates are known to have been strategically placed and with every gate having a unique identity, you will surely be amazed at these cultural creations installed this year.

9. The tranquillity of Picture Perfect Confluence of Three Rivers

Prayagraj is also famous amongst international travellers for its ‘Sangam’ which is the confluence of three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is one of the holiest sites in the Hindu religion

10. Accommodation System

There will be several options for accommodation at Kumbha Mela such as tents provided by Kumbha Mela organization, 3-5 star hotels etc. The best way to decide is to keep in mind the budget and experience that you wish to have.

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