The Festival of the Sacred Pitcher
About Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela (the festival of the sacred pitcher) is anchored in Hindu mythology. It is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world. The Mela draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of approximately 48 days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mystical Sarasvati. Primarily, this congregation includes Ascetics, Saints, Sadhus, Sadhvis, Kalpvasis, and Pilgrims from all walks of life.
Some Key Facts of Kumbh Mela
- Kumbh Mela is the world’s largest religious gathering of faith in which Hindus gather to bath in a sacred river.
- Kumbh Mela is held every twelfth year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Nasik and Ujjain.
- Ardh Kumbh Mela is held at only two places, Hardwar and Allahabad, every sixth year.
- An important occasion, the Magh (Kumbh) Mela is held every year on the banks of Triveni Sangam (the confluence of the three great rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayag (Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh.
- Magh Mela is actually a smaller version of Kumbh Mela. Hence it is also known as mini Kumbh Mela.
- Prayag Kumbh is considered to be the most significant of all as it the place where the sun, symbolizing direction of wisdom or light.
- It’s for 50 days and more then 12 Crore visitors are expected.
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