The Kumbh Mela is the largest of all human gatherings that takes place anywhere around the world. Millions of people assemble at the banks of the sacred river Ganges to take a dip in its holy waters and get rid of the cycle of birth and death.
Kumbh Mela is traditionally referred to a gathering of devotees. However, it’s much more than gathering or fair.
It is a festival, a cultural retreat, a celebration of life over death, virtue over sins and is a festive celebration of divinity and spirituality.
It is a gathering transcending narrow boundaries of state, nationality, age, sex and religion.
Just the sight of millions of devotees seeking holy blessing gives you a sense of the diversity of culture and beliefs.
The gathering is held every three year at four places – Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain – in rotation.
This religious and cultural event was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017 for its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
While one may not be a follower of mythology or religion, Prayagraj Kumbh Mela is an experience that goes beyond the realm of religion and beliefs.