English name – Kumbh festival 2019.
Date – January 15 – March 4, 2019.
Duration – 55 days.
Venue – Triveni Sangam
Location – Allahabad.
Known as – Ardh Kumbh Mela.
Budget – ₹4200 Crores ($605,400,000)
Organised by – Prayagraj Mela Authority.
Participants – 120 million Hindu devotees.
Kumbh Mela has a great importance in Hindu Mythology. It is the largest Festival of India where people come from Different corners of the world just for the act of faith. Every year almost 10 million of pilgrims comes over for the course of almost 48 days to bathe in the sacred confluence of the river Ganga, the Yamuna and the Mystical Sarasvati. Kumbh Mela comprises of all the Saints, Sadhus. Ascetics, Sadhvis, Kalpvasis and Pilgrims from all over the world.
Kumbh Mela is mostly celebrated over the course of 12 years and has a strong faith of all the Hindus from all over the world. So, the location of Kumbh Mela spans on to four locations in India and the site keeps on changing between on of the four sacred rivers i.e.:
- Ujjain – Shipra (Madhya Pradesh)
- Haridwar – Ganges (Uttarakhand)
- Nashik – Godavari (Maharashtra)
- Prayagraj – on the confluence of Ganges, the Yamuna and the Sarasvati (Uttar Pradesh)
Each site celebrates the festival based on the astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon and the Jupiter. The celebration takes place at the exact same time when all these four planets are aligned as it is the holiest time according to Hindu Calender. Kumbh Mela is an event wich is the combination of astrology, astronomy, ritualistic traditions, customs, practices and rich mythological Background.
Intrestingly the pilgrims that come to attend Kumbh Mela from all round the world come from different corners of the world irrespective of their religion. Ranging from their Sadhana (practice) the sadhus and the Naga Sadhus follow the path of Spirituality leaving all their desires and civilization to practice and gain enlightenment.
During Kumbh Mela, huge number of activities take place, some sadhus called Akharas or Peshwai, sit on the Back of the Elephant, horses with the swords of Naga Sadhus and many other cultural activities take place which is the reason why Kumbh Mela is favourite of all the people with no demographics.
And hence, the Kumbh Mela is classified into five types :
a. MAHA KUMBH MELA: Held every 144 years in Prayagraj.
b. PURNA KUMBH MELA: Held after every 12 years in Prayagraj.
c. ARDH (HALF) KUMBH MELA: Held in every 6 years at Haridwar and Prayagraj.
d. KUMBH MELA: Important occasion that takes place every 3 years following four locations in India: Prayagraj, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik.
e. ANNUAL MINI KUMBH MELA OR MAGH MELA: is held every year at Prayagraj (Allahabad), except the years of Purna Kumbh Mela and Ardha Kumbh Mela.
So did you know about all these types of Kumbh Mela? And when are you planning to visit this amazing place with a whole new spiritual vibe!!