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.
Purna Kumbh Mela-This religious assembly takes place once in every 12 years and is also held Allahabad, which is the centre of the prayag sangam the confluence of the three holy rivers; Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
The Ardha Kumbha: it takes place in every 6 six years and is held at Haridwar and Allahabad.
Kumbh Mela: this religious gathering takes place on a rotational bais, every three years, in Allahabad, Nashik, Haridwar and Ujjain.
The Magh Mela: it is held during the Magh month of the Hindu calendarr. It’s an annual fair, held sometime in between January to February, only at the Prayag.
Visiting the Kumbh Mela is like witnessing the different arrays of a religion, and how the arena encapsulates within itself people from so many walks of life, so different from each other but all intoxicated by the love of God and the attainment of divinity. 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. Tourists particularly enjoy in here, because of the different colours of cultures which combine to form a single rainbow which leads to God.
It is common hearsay that people wish to die during their pilgrimage to the Kumbh Mela, because it is believed that the doors of heaven will automatically open for those who inhale their last breath at this holy gathering.