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…)
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…)
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.