A massive gathering of the Hindu pilgrims along the banks of Godavari and Ganges is witnessed during the Kumbha fair. It’s an occasion of shedding one’s sin by taking a simple bath to purification. Kumbha Mela is the perfect venue for taking a dip in the holy waters of river Ganges and washing off all sins. Purna Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh are two different types of Kombi meal celebrated in India. Purna Kumbh is witnessed after a gap of twelve years, while Ardh Kumbh gets witnessed after a gap of six years. Ujjain, Allahabad, Nasik, and Haridwar are the pilgrimage hotspots for celebrating Purna Kumbh, while the pilgrims of Allahabad and Haridwar are known to celebrate the Ardh Kumbh. In 2019, the Kumbh Mela will be witnessed between January 15th and March 4th.
The Kumbh Mela and how it’s held
The Sun and the largest planet of our solar system Jupiter helps shape the events of the Kumbh mela based on their motion. The festival is celebrated in Prayag when the Sun positions it in Capricorn and Jupiter in Taurus. It’s celebrated in Haridwar when the Sun is inclined towards Aries and held in Nasik when the Sun and Jupiter meet in Zodiac sign. Ujjain celebrates this festival when the Sun and Jupiter remain inclined towards Scorpio. The Sun, the moon and Jupiter needs to achieve a certain astrological combination for determining the particular dates when it’s considered auspicious for taking a bath in each Kombi..
Kumbh Mela and the long history behind it:
Samudra Manthan as cited in Indian mythology is considered to be the point of origination for Kumbh mela. Both the demons and gods are known to have participated in that ancient event of churning an ocean of milk. A number of Hindu epics have stated how Durvasa muni had cursed the demigods of losing their strength and compelled them to pay a visit to Lord Vishnu. The lord had urged them to indulge in Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) in the pursuit of Amrita, which is considered to be nectar for achieving immortality.) The demons and demigods were involved in a battle for 12 days for claiming the nectar after it was churned out of the ocean. It was then that Lord Vishnu disguised as Mohini-Murthi had appeared and claimed the Kumbh of nectar from them. While running with the nectar, the Lord is known to have dropped small bits in Ujjain, Haridwar, Nasik, and Allahabad. That’s the reason why this mela is held in these three places.
The various activities at the fair:
Among all Hindu pilgrims, the Kumbh mela is known to be the most sacred one. All the cities associated with this event are situated in the banks of the same river. Kumbh mela symbolizes the confluence of all holy activities and discussions that are related to Hinduism. Amid different forms of devotional music, you’ll witness a gathering of naked sadhus or saints. From the point of view of a traveler, it’s actually very crowded. This fair is witnessed by visitors from various corners of the world, that stand witness to our religious rituals.
All along the banks of river Ganges, tents are set up to accommodate a large influx of tourists at the Kumbh fair. The administration is truly aware of the requirements of the pilgrims and addresses every opportunity accordingly. They have created a provision for bathroom adjacent to each of these tents. There’s rarely any other congregation of religious devotees that have gained such popularity in India. You’ll certainly strike numerous religious discussions with the pilgrims after landing in Allahabad.