Kumbh Mela is the Biggest Religious Convention in the World, which Magnetizes Millions of Hindu’s and other Religious Followers. Moreover, it was Added in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017 by UNSESCO as being the Largest Gathering on Earth. Kumbh Mela is the Ancient Fair in the History of Mankind. It is Celebrated 4 Times over a Intervals of 12 Years. If you wanna to See the Grandeur and Fame of Kumbh Mela, you can Witness in the PrayagRaj, near the Shores of Triveni Sangam (Confluence of Three Holy Rivers).
Being a Chief & Primary Ritual, taking a Dip or Bathing at Kumbh Mela has the Most Important Ritual for every Follower or Devotee.
Important Dates of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019:
The fair will last from January 15 – March 4, 2019
• Markar Sankranti (First Shani Snan) – 14/15 January 2019
• Paush Purnima – 21st January
• Mauni Amavasya (Main Bath, 2nd Shani Snan) – 4th February, 2019
• Basant Panchami (3rd Shani Snan) – 10th February, 2019
• Maghi Poornima – 19th February, 2019
• Maha Shivratri – 4th March 2019
Kumbh helds over a Time Period of 55 Days, by the Celestial Settings, when the Jupitar will be in Aries, the Sun & Moon in Capricorn and Jupitar in Taurus.
According to Hindu Mythology, A Fight Broke among Gods and Daemons, in the Course of Samudra Manthan (Turbulent of the Ocean). This Manthan was concluded to Extract the Nector (the Amrit) from the Bottom of the Ocean. After the Completion of Extraction, the Nector was Packed in a Kumbh (a Pot). To Confiscate the Nector from the Daemons, the GarudaJi (Vehicle of Lord VishnuJi) took the Kumbh (the Pot) and Flew Away. Amidst the Flight, The Drops of the Nector were Shed at the Four Places and they are Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik and PrayagRaj. The Shed Drops made these Places and Rivers flowing in these Cities made Holy.
Things to Do in Kumbh Mela
Shahi Snan (The Imperial Bath)
The Imperial Bath or Shahi Snan is the Major & Primary Ritual, that is taken by the Saints of Diverse Akharas (The Religious Associations) in the Holy River before any other Devotee. After Taking a Bath by the Holy Men of the Akharas in the Holy River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati’s Confluence (Sangam), The Devotees then can take a Bath. The Pilgrims waits for the Sadhus (the Saints) to take the Bath, by Waking up Early in 3:00 AM and Once the Sadhus are Done, The Que starts Walking towards the Sangam for the Holy Bath. The Experience of Shahi Snan’s are Absolutely Excellent.
Peoples from all over India & Outside India, visits this Eminent Fair, to Witness the Rich Heritage and Culture that our Country Shows. With Amazing Musical Acts, Traditional Folk Dances and Many Other Activities You Can Witness in the Events.
Akharas and Sadhus
Akhara is the Place of Convention for the Religious Associations. The Sadhus are the Part of these Akharas and said to be the Disciple of Lord ShivaJi and VishnuJi. The Sadhus are the Most Fundamental Part of Kumbh as they Enhances the Holiness of the Mela. Also, The Pilgrims gets the Opportunity to Listen to them in order to Earn Spiritual Enlightenment.
Ardh Kumbh Mela is the Ideal Occasion to Learn More or Explore about the Religious Associations and Capturing them in Lens carrying out their Religious Practices.
Tourist Walks are the Best Option to Explore the Complete Mela, from Famous Temples like Bade HanumanJi Mandir, Akshya Vat, Patalpuri Temple, Allahabad Fort, RamGhat and Many More. The Credit goes to the Government for Organizing It.
Stepping in a Serene Boating Experience is Absolutely Something, You Must Go to Tranquilize your Inner Soul at this Holy Place. You Can Grab a Ferry Ride, near to the SangamGhat in the Holy River Yamuna. The Ride Starts from Sujawan Ghat and Ends at the KilaGhat. It is the Best Option to Explore the Places with Calmness.
Satsangs (Spiritual Preachings)
Sitting for some Hours and Listen to the Teachings of Sadhus are very Crucial part of the Kumbh Mela. You can Go to any Ashrams & Halls to Offer Prayers and Sit inside, If You wanna to Listen the Sadhus and Learn more about Spiritualism and Hindu Mythology. One can interact with them to Clear their False Thoughts or Facts about Spirituality and can Learn the Correct Mean of it.
NightLife of Kumbh Mela
The City of PrayagRaj never Sleeps amid the Ardh Kumbh Mela. One can Boast the Stunning City View from the TriveniGhat, in the Late Night. Cool Wind, Scintillating Ghats and Serene River, whole Surrouding is so Engaging and Attractive that would not want to Let you Go.
Laser Light Show
This year, Government Launched this Laser Light Show with Sound Theme, for all the Visitors, in Kumbh Mela. Go for this Show and Make Sure to Book in Advance to avoid any Trouble
The Government has installed many Artistic Gates for the Purpose to Navigate the Way in this Biggest Fair for the Visitors. Every Gate is having a Rare Identity and placed with Strategy, with a view to Avoid getting Lost.
Prasadi & Langars
Do not miss the Delicious Prasads (Divine Offerings) and Foods at Langers (Communal Meals) that are cooked for the Devotees and Sadhus, amid the Mela. One of the Most Important Part of it is, It is Served Free of Cost. Anyone with a Hunger can Visit the Community Hall and can Eat the Variety of Foods.
Where to Stay
The Organizers of Kumbh Mela has provided many Tent Accommodation Choice at the Mela. The Tents are having all the Basic Features and Comforts and Provides an Option to Choose from Kumbh Canvas, Vedic TentCity, Kalpa Vrisksha & Indraprastha City.
Charges: Initial Rs. 2,500 Onwards (Eliminated the Meal Costs)
If You Plan for an Intermediate Hotel, which doesn’t Ranges High nor Cheap, This could be the Perfect Option to Stay. These 3-Star Hotels offers Some Basic Amenities like WiFi, Lounge, Garden and most important Full Privacy. To Explore the Places In or Around the Mela, Some Hotels offers Car-Rental Services as Well, Depends If you Wish to Choose for One.
You can find the Hotels or Book It Online, according to your Range or Facilities, You Require to Make your Stay Comfy.
How to Reach
The PrayagRaj City has an Airport for Domestic Flights, connected with a Limited Cities. Another Airport is in Varanasi named as Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport & in Lucknow named as Amausi International Airport.
You can Hire a Cab or Car Direct from the Airport to Reach the Kumbh Mela.
Amid this Festive Occasion, Railway Stations are made Available to Facilitate the Devotees to Reach the Kumbh Mela Conveniently by Connecting with Major Cities of India.
Allahabad is Well Connected to all the Major Cities of India and is a Central Hub connecting Major Highways and National Highways, which consists NH27 connecting to Madhya Pradesh, NH2 running over the City and NH28 connecting to Ayodhya.
Also, You can Go for Interstate Buses and Tourism Buses as Well.