Maha Kumbh Mela
The major festival for the Hindus is also one of the listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in India. It takes place at four places, shifting the venues between Ujjain, Allahabad, Nashik and Haridwar. It is also known as Maha Kumbh Mela.
The Kumbh Mela takes place four times in the time span of twelve years.
Take holy dip at the Ganges River. Take part in the devotional songs and listen to the religious discourses that are discussed in the mela.
Named among the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of India, Maha Kumbh Mela is one of the most important religious gatherings for Hindus. The Kumbh Mela takes once in the time span of twelve years. The venue of this festival keeps shifting between Ujjain, Allahabad, Nashik and Haridwar.
History and Origin of Kumbh Mela
Drawing millions of pilgrims from all over the globe, this mela holds on its significance since ages. Kumbh Mela originated in the Vedic period some thousand years ago.
The origin of the Maha Kumbh is associated with an interesting legend. According to mythology, in the fight between the gods and demons over the pot of amrit (nectar of immortality), the demons managed to take away the whole of it and ran away. To get hold of the pot, for twelve days and nights, gods followed them in the sky. In the course of the fight, some drops of amrit fell at Ujjain, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik and Haridwar. And it is for this reason that these places are chosen as the venue for the Maha Kumbh Mela. Every mela pilgrim stake a dip in the holy waters of River Kshipra, River Ganga and River Godavari following through these holy cities.
Where is Kumbha Mela held?
Every 12 years the venue of Kumbh Mela changes. Prayag is the destination, when the mela is held in Allahabad. It is the meeting point of three important rivers Ganga (Ganges), Yamuna and Saraswati. When the venue shifts to Haridwar, Kumbh Mela takes place where the holy Ganga goes into the plains from the mighty Himalayas. At the banks of Ksipra River, the mela takes place, when it is arranged in Ujjain. If the venue is in Nashik, people gather on the banks of Godavari to celebrate this religious festival.
Kumbh Mela significance
During the Kumbh Mela, one of the major festivals of India, people who gather at the mela take a holy dip at the river and purify themselves. It is said to absolve the sins of a lifetime and attain salvation. This ritual bath is the major feature of the pilgrimage. You can see people involved in devotional and religious singing, mass feeding of the holy men and poor. Religious doctrines are also discussed at the religious assemblies arranged at the Kumbh Mela. Sadhus and saints from all parts of the country assemble at the holy congregation.
The world’s largest gathering of faith is an important part of ancient Indian heritage and culture.