“It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination, marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites.” This is what Mark Twain had to say after his visit to the Kumbh Mela in the year 1985. And since then the place has been a huge magnet to bring in more and more tourists every year.
There is a huge history which is the main reason why this event is held? But first let us know more about the event itself. In actuality it is a mass Hindu gathering where people gather to bathe is a sacred river to wash away their sins. It is the largest Hindu gathering anywhere in the world, where people of different walks of life accumulate to feel and sense the spirituality prevailing in the air. Hindus from all sects of the society gather here and there is no difference between and king and his servant. How exciting it is to see the unwavering concentration of so many people who are deep in their prayers, amidst the chaos. One has to take a holy dip in the water to remove all the sins from their past and become pure again. The Hindu faith, is one of the oldest religions in the world, and the Kumbha Mela is being held since time immemorial. It is said that almost 100 million people visited the Kumbha Mela held in Allahabad in the year 2013.
Kumbha means “pitcher or pot” while Mela means fair or festival. If you wish to see the different colours of Hinduism and want to witness the varied sects of this faith, then the Kumbh Mela will provide you with a panoramic view and an insight into this age-old religion. Apart from being a religious gathering, it is more of a spiritual assembly, where people try to connect to God. People of all faiths can visit the mela, as it is a major attraction for travel enthusiasts, who want to know more about different cultures and faith.
The mela is held every 3 years at four different locations mainly, Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain. The venue is decided by rotation, and the timing is calculated keeping in mind the Hindu calendar.
The mela acts like a magnet to millions of people every day, who meet to discuss religion and faith. There are number of debates, lectures, speeches, devotional songs which can be seen and heard by tourists who visit this assembly of mystical minds.