Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the sacred rivers. The Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik. The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas, or 144 years, is held at Allahabad. Last Maha Kumbh was held in the year 2001
A Kumbh Mela presents a rare opportunity to witness some of India’s oldest and most sacred rituals, passed down over many generations from the kings of India, performed by an elite of special Brahmin priests, and witnessed by monks, sages and sadhus holy men and women from many different cultures around the world who only rarely appear in public on occasions of great significance such as the Mahakumbh.