The festival is the largest peaceful gathering in the world, and considered as the "world's largest human gathering". India’s Kumbh Mela is one of the most famous fairs where devotees from across the globe come to attain spiritual clarity and wash off sins in the ritual bathing.
Kumbh Mela, also called Kumbha Mela, in Hinduism, a religious festival that is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years. These four fairs are held periodically at one of the following places by rotation:
- at Haridwar on the Ganges River
- at Ujjain on the Shipra,
- at Nashik on the Godavari,
- The confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati at Allahabad
Each site’s celebration is based on a distinct set of astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter, the holiest time occurring at the exact moment when these positions are fully occupied. The exact date is determined, following the Vikram Samvat calendar and the principles of Jyotisha.
Majority of those who are somehow connected with Hinduism plus people from other faiths are welcome to this fairs. It was estimated more than 120 million Hindu devotees, as well as tourists, will visit the north Indian city of Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela.
Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019
Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019 is the Ardh Kumbh Mela being held at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India from 15 January to 4 March 2019.
Prayagraj was one of the four spots where ambrosia dropped due to which it is a Kumbh Mela destination. Kumbh Mela 2019 promises to be a grand spiritual event in which millions will throng from around the world at the holy confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Here Kumbh is held when Jupiter is in Taurus and the sun and the moon are in Capricorn.
Haridwar Kumbh Mela
The last Haridwar Kumbh Mela took place in 2010; the next one is scheduled in 2021 or 2022, with an Ardh Kumbh Mela scheduled in 2016. When Jupiter is in Aquarius and Sun is in Aries during the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April).
The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar is a fair held every 12 years at Haridwar, India. An Ardh Kumbh ("Half Kumbh") Mela is held six years after a Kumbh Mela. Haridwar dubbed the Gateway to Lord Vishnu is a holy city for Hindu devotees. The Ganga River flows through the land of Haridwar increasing the pilgrim importance of the city.
Ujjain Kumbh Mela
The City of Temples situated along the Kshipra River, Ujjain get most of its religious importance from Shri Mahakaleshwar temple. When Jupiter is in Leo and Sun is in Aries, or when all three are in Libra during the Hindu month of Vaisakha (April-May). Kumbh that is known as Ujjain Simhastha commences when the Jupiter is in Leo. The devotees accumulate and take a dip in the holy water near the Kshipra River.
Nashik (Trimbak) Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela in Nashik also known as Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha is a very auspicious fair that is either held when Jupiter is in Leo or when Jupiter, Sun, and Moon are in Cancer on lunar conjunction. During this time devotees come and take a dip in the holy water of Godavari River at the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple and RamKund in Nashik.
The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage that keeps getting bigger and bigger. Prepare your Indian eVisa and ticket flight to immerse yourself in one of the biggest religious gatherings ever.
(According to Kumbh Mela - Incredible India)
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