Kumbh Mela is a subject matter of curiosity ever since time immemorial. The craze of Kumbh Mela is such that many people put in their last penny just to be there travelling from remotest areas of the country. It is not because they are assured of witnessing God. But because they are assured of getting Nirvana or freedom from the cycle of life and death by taking a dip in holy river on a particular day.
Even though it is held at 4 different places at different times where no one is inferior to the other, Kumbh Mela at Allahabad is little more prominent then the rest of places. It is due to the fact that Allahabad is the confluence of 3 major rivers of India i.e. Ganga (The Ganges), Yamuna & Saraswati (which is believed to be disappeared due to the curse of Lord Ganesha) at its origin point itself and later meeting the other 2 rivers only in Allahabad. It is because of this confluence, Allahabad is also called as Triveni.
Allahabad is also known as Prayag. Prayag is a Sanskrit word meaning “place of sacrifice”. It is due to fact that as per Hindu Mythology Prajapati Brahma, the God of Creation first conducted Ashwamedha Yagna at the Dashashwamedh Ghat here. Sacrifice is an integral part of this Yagna. And only completing this formality He created the Universe.
Allahabad has one of the four major forts built by Emperor Akbar. It was during his time only Prayag was named as Allahabad.
Last Kumbh Mela in Allahabad was held in 2013 and accordingly 2019 would have been an Ardh Kumbh Mela. However with the change of guard in government quarters in 2017, new government in an effort to boost tourism and culture declared that 2019 will be a purna Kumbh Mela and not Ardh Kumbh.
Kumbh Mela at the banks of the confluence is the remarkable event to witness in the near future. The preparations both by the government and private players are in full throttle. Kumbh Mela will be held from January 14th, 2019 to March 4th, 2019.
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