Kumbh Mela is traditionally referred to a gathering of devotees, however, it’s much more than gathering or fair. It is a festival, a cultural retreat, a celebration of life over death, virtue over sins and is a festival celebration of divinity and spirituality. While one may not be a follower of mythology or religion, Prayagraj Kumbh Mela is an experience that goes beyond the realm of religion and beliefs. Just the sight of millions of devotees seeking holy blessing gives you a sense of the diversity of culture and beliefs. This religious and cultural event was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017 for its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. While Indians pretty much know about Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, it’s time for you international travellers to witness the cultural retreat at such a massive scale that it can give any music festival a run for its money.
While Kumbh Mela happens every 12 years, there are Ardh Kumbh that happens every 6 years. The Significance of this Hindu Mela and mythological history dates back to the time when Deva(demigods) and Asuras(demons) were indulged in a battle. Lord Indra had offended Sage Durvasa resulting in demigods losing all their powers. Demigods seeking help reached Vishnu who made a deal with demons to churn the ocean of milk to obtain the nectar of immortality.
Upon receiving the nectar, Vishnu gave the nectar to Garuda to take it back to heaven. While returning to heaven, Garuda was stopped by demons and a fight broke out which lasted 12 demigod days, meaning 12 human years. To save the nectar, Garuda was forced to place the Kumbh of nectar at Prayag, Ujjain, Nashik, and Haridwar. Hence, every 12 years, the Hindu religious festival is organised every 12 years at these 4 destinations.
Dates of Prayag Kumbh 2019 — 15 January to April 4th, 2019.
Kumbh is one of the holiest Hindu Festivals in India and the divinity of it is something beyond explanation. Millions of devotees hoping to take a dip in the holy Ganga and the chants of Hindu prayers make the fair site a religious pilgrimage for more than 2 months.
Prayag is also famous amongst international travellers for its ‘Sangam’ which is a confluence of three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is one of the holiest sites in the Hindu religion.
Ganga is believed to be one of the holiest rivers in India and the entire rivers is a Hindu pilgrimage site. Prayagraj is an important pilgrimage destination if you wish to take a holy dip in it. The confluence of the three holy rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati make it even more divine. It is said that a dip in Ganga can wash off all your sins.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the famous Hindu Mela witnesses the biggest human gathering in terms of footfalls. One of the largest gatherings in the world, an estimated 60-80 million people are expected to attend the festival. The number rose from 30 million in 1989. Being an International tourist, Kumbh is the best way to witness the Indian Hindu culture and traditions. It is said that there is no possible way to keep a track on total football because of its large number.
Kumbh isn’t just limited to religion, rather it is the world’s largest spiritual gathering. Spiritual gurus from all over the country come to witness the auspicious Hindu cultural and religious festival. Kumbh Mela allows you to introspect and explore the spiritual side with the guidance of some of the most renowned spiritual guides.
Wherever you go, you will hear about Kumbh. This is the testament of sheer grandeur of this festival. Offering pilgrimage tours for International citizens, Kumbh festival is quite literally a cultural tour of India, with devotees coming from all parts of India. Interacting with them and witnessing their tradition offers a cultural insight into incredible India.
Kumbh is a centuries-old tradition that Indian culture has managed to preserve with its original essence. A cultural heritage and one of the most popular tourist attractions in India, every 12 years or 6 years Prayag becomes home to the biggest cultural festival in India. Visiting this festival would offer you a chance to relive century-old traditions and religious practices.
The cultural fair is a unique spiritual experience which offers you a chance to be part of unique celebrations and traditions. The festival witnesses saints coming from all parts of India, with Himalayan Sadhus and Naga Sadhus being the major attractions for international tourists. All different sects of Sadhu compete to take the first deep in the holy waters of Ganges and it is a spectacular sight to witness.
Prayag is a famous Hindu pilgrimage destination in India and during Kumbh Mela, the entire city turns into one big pilgrimage stop. The entire city is dawned with religious presence and being part of the cultural gathering feels like one big religious celebration. With Sadhu and saints preaching Hindu philosophy, Kumbh is a nice way to explore the spiritual and philosophical side of Hinduism.
Living with saints and sadhus in tents is one of the biggest reason for you to visit Kumbh Mela. No Kumbh experience is ever complete without spending a complete day at the holy site. During the festival, many tents are set up for visitors and saints and if you happen to get a chance to stay in them, you would understand the traditions and cultures even better.
Seldom do you find such diversity in one place, but Kumbh is one such exception. Keeping the spiritual and religious reasons aside, this religious festival is a royal buffet for photographers. From morning dips to evening aartis, from Himalayan saints to Naga Sadhus, from religious gatherings to preachings in every lane of the city, you would be astounded by the infinite frames available to you. Also, the Hindu Mela allows you to shoot the diverse culture and traditions of Incredible India.
|Makar Sankranti (1St shahi Snan)||14/15 January 2019|
|Paush Purnima||21 January 2019|
|Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan)||04 February 2019|
|Basant Panchami (3rd shahi Snan)||10 February 2019|
|Maghi Poornima||19 February 2019|
|Maha Shivratri||04 March 2019|
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