Kumbh Mela

The devout congregation

A holy spectacle. A spiritual wonder. A sacred pilgrimage. Undiluted faith and zealous fervour has made the congregation of devotees on the banks of the holy rivers to the largest religious gathering in the world. Men and women, old and young, devotees and ascetics flock to soak in the divine essence that marks the core of the Kumbh mela.  The four holy places that bear witness to this two months of marvel are Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain. As the dawn breaks, the various groups of ascetics lead by the Nagas, move in procession for their bath. The Sadhus then proceed for their worship after which they interact with the devotees, sharing their wisdom with them. Other activities include discussions, devotional singing, mass feeding and religious gatherings where theologies are debated. It is an experience of a life time, enriching one's lfe, their beliefs and their soul.

Legend

Mythology associates the legend of Kumbh mela with the 'Samudhramanthan' or churning of the celestial ocean. The gods and demons had churned the milky ocean for the jar containing "amrita", the nectar of immortality. When the jar emerged from the ocean, the gods and demons clashed for its possession. For twelve days and twelve nights they were engaged in the battle . During this conflict, Garuda flew with the pitcher and four drops of the invaluable potion fell to earth. These places became the sites of the four Kumbha Melas. First written evidence of the Kumbha Mela were found in the writings of Chinese traveller, Hiuen Tsang who visited India in 629 -645 CE

Deity - Temples

Deity : The holy rivers of Ganga, Yamuna, Shipra, Godavari & Saraswathi

Temples Covered :

Haridwar  - Har Ki Pari

                    Mansa Devi Temple
                    Chandi Devi Temple
                    Maya Devi Temple
                            
Allahabad  - Triveni Sangam : Saraswati and Nehru Ghats

                     Mankameshwar Temple
                     Bade Hanuman Ji Temple
                     Alopi Devi Temple 
                                    
Nashik  -  Ram Kund

                     Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple

Ujjain -  Ram Ghat

                      Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Purpose

The bathing in the holy rivers at these sites is believed to absolve the devotees and their ancestors from all sins, thus liberating them from the cycle of rebirths.

Who can go?

Anyone with pious faith can go for the Kumbh mela.

Yatra Preparations

Kumbh mela witness one of the largest gathering of devotees. Accommodation/travel have to be booked well in advance.

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Area Covered

Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh
Language spoken : Hindi, Marathi

Auspicious Days

Every Kumbh mela has certain auspicious days when the bathing is the holy rivers are considered most sacred. Mauni Amavasya Snan is the main bathing day in the mela.

Best time to Travel

At any one place, Purna Kumbh mela is held once in 12 years.
Ardh Kumbh Mela occurs between the two Purna Kumbh Melas at Prayag and Haridwar. The Maha Kumbh occurs after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas i.e. every 144 years. The exact date is determined by zodiac positions.

Duration

Devotees can spend two to three days visiting the temples, taking darshan of the sadhus and performing bathing rituals.

Travel Method

The places where Kumbh mela are held can be reached by air/rail/road.

Crowd Expected

Kumbh mela is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Around 100 to 120 million people are estimated to visit the mela.

Festivals

Every Kumbh mela has certain auspicious days when the bathing is the holy rivers are considered most sacred. Mauni Amavasya Snan is the main bathing day in the mela.

Must Haves

In most places, government of the respective states make good arrangements for the devotees.
It is essential to eat clean food and drink only bottled water as such huge congregations can be a catalyst for potential diseases.
Also carry any special medications that you might need for the journey.

Health Awarness

All these places have good medical facilities. With the huge congregation of devotees gathering around and bathing in the waters, the devotees are advised to take care of hygiene.

Additional Info

Many tour packages are available to the places where Kumbh melas are being held.

Climate

The summers are hot with the temperatures in the high thirties while the winters are pleasant with day temperatures in the twenties.

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