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Kumbh Mela India

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.

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shahi snan in Kumbh Mela

About Kumbh Mela

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. (more…)

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Kumbh Mela India – The Gateway to Nirvana

Kumbh Mela is a religious gathering taking place in India since times unknown but the first written proof of it can be seen in the works of the Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang in 7th Century AD. Being the largest gathering of Mankind on earth at one point in time it gives an insight to the multi-million colours of Hinduism with a panoramic view and an insight into this age-old religion. You may notice a number of Sadhus, belonging to different sects of Hinduism, who have different ideologies and worship distinct deities, but all gathered in the same place to show their devotion to the creator of the world.

Upcoming Kumbh Mela will be in Haridwar in 2021.

Maha Kumbh Mela-Haridwar (January 14 to April 27, 2021)

Events Name Important Dates
Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snan) 14 January 2021
Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan) 11 February 2021
Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snan) 16 February 2021
Maghi Poornima 27 February 2021
Maha Shivratri 11 March 2020
Somvati Amamvasya 12 April 2021
Ram Navami 21 April 2021
Chaitra Purnima 27 April 2021

Kumbh Mela-Nasik (Trimbakeshwar) 2027
Dates to be finalized

Simhastha Kumbh Mela-Ujjain-2028
Dates to be finalized

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The origin of the Kumbh Mela

This religious gathering has been taking place in India since times unknown but the first written proof of it can be seen in the works of the Chinese traveller Hsuan Tsang who happened to visit India, during the reign of King Harshvardhana. This spectacle of faith, which often piques the curiosity of foreigners, had its origin very long back, the mention of which can be seen in a number of Hindu scriptures. The Vishnu Purana, Srimad Bhagvatam, Ramayana and Mahabharata all have a mention of an incident known as the Samudra Manthan the meaning of which is the churning of the ocean’s milk. (more…)

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India Maha Kumbh Mela

Where is it held?

As mentioned earlier, the Mela is held at four locations, in rotation. Allahabad is the primary location, where the holy rivers meet at a confluence. The Ganges (Ganga), The Yamuna and The mythical Saraswati meet at this point to form this place of worship. The other three locations which host the Kumbha Mela are Nashik where the Godavari river flows, Ujjain which is home to the river Shipra and the Holy city of Haridwar which lies on the bank of the Ganges. There are 5 different types of Kumbh mela which are mentioned below:

Maha Kumbh Mela- This happens once in every 144 years, and people generally find themselves lucky to be a part of it. Millions of Hindu devotees and tourists visit this fair, which takes place only at Allahabad. (more…)

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Kumbh Mela: The confluence of faith and religion

The kumbha mela played a very important role in Bollywood movies, back in the 1970s and 1980s. Most films had a storyline revolving around two brothers who are separated at this magnanimous fair, as children, because of the jam packed arena. And like all Bollywood comedies, the movie ends with a happy ending where the brothers identify each other and reconcile. That was the Bollywood version of the Kumbha Mela, the biggest gathering of the Hindus and spirituality seekers from all parts of the globe. It is one of the largest peaceful gatherings in the world.

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