The fragrance of burning incense sticks; resonances of sadhus and Babas humming prayers; millions of people assemble to take a holy dip in the confluence; this is how Kumbh Melas look like. Having great significance for Hindus, Kumbh Mela in India is celebrated with a lot of zeal over a stretch of 2 months. This major religious gathering of the world which has also been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage is held at four different places (in rotation of 3-4, 6 and 12 years) and can certainly be a sight to delight.
The Kumbh that takes place in every 6 years is titled Ardh Kumbh, which in literal version would mean Half Kumbh. Unlike Maha Kumbh (once in 12 years), Ardh Kumbh held in only two places in India, one being Allahabad (Prayagraj) and the other is Haridwar. In 2019, you can be a part of such a grand celebration i.e. Ardh Kumbh Mela that will be held in Allahabad, city in Uttar Pradesh seated on the bank of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati confluence. This year it is going to be held between Makar Sankranti that will fall on 14th January and continue till the Maha Shivaratri that will occur on the 4th March.
Devotees come from different parts of the world and take a dip in the holy water at the confluence as it is supposed that doing so washes away one’s sins and brings the person one step closer to Moksha. Other than that, Allahabad Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 is likely to have a lot for you to see and explore ranging from the sight of bare body Naga Sadhus smeared with ash to the royal bath to blissful evening aartis.
According to Hindu Mythology, a fight rose between gods and demons during Samudra Manthan to extract out the ambrosia (Amrit) from the depth of the ocean. After the extraction was complete, the ambrosia was filled in a Kumbh (pot). To grab the Amrit from the demons, Garuda (vehicle of Lord Vishnu) took the pot and flew away. During his flight, he spilled drops of the amrit on earth at 4 places namely, Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nashik, making these places as well as the rivers flowing in the cities holy. The Kumbh Mela is said to have originated after this incident and is held ever since with a lot of zeal. Online Book Visit Website – www.b2bhospitalityindia.com