My faith or not! I will recollect Prayagraj Kumbh Mela forever. Even though not my first Kumbh Mela (first was Ujjain Simhastha in 2016), however this time I had amazing and surprised experiences at this mega event. I am a strong believer of taking a holy dip in the Ganga to wash away the sins.
As we know Holy Ganga is the sacred rivers for all Hindu worshippers and worshipped as the Maa Gange (Goddess Ganga) for centuries. River flows from Gangotri glacier of the confluence of Alakananda and Bhagirathi and emerges from the mountains at Rishikesh and touches at Haridwar passing through many cities like Kanpur, Prayagraj (Confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mighty Saraswati), Varanasi (Ancient holy city), Patna and part of the river is bifurcated to Hooghly river and other part of the river flows to Bangladesh.
Kumbh Mela is a mass gathering of Hindus across four places. Ardh (Half) Kumbh is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Prayagraj. Purna (Complete) Kumbh occurs every twelve years at Haridwar (River Ganga), Prayagraj (Confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mighty Saraswati), Ujjain (River Kshipra) and Nashik (River Godavari). Maha Kumbh occurs every 144 years (12 Purna Kumbh) at Prayagraj. According to Hindu Myth, Lord Vishnu spilled drops of Amrita (the drink of eternal life) at these four places, while transporting it in a kumbha (pot). Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering in the world and the festival of ritual bathing (Holy Dip) at the banks of the river. History says Kumbh Melas were managed by Akharas (Sadhus) and now it’s been administrated by respective governments. Other major events of Kumbh Mela is the Naga Sadhus procession. Sadhus seen with Vibuthi (ashes) pressed on their skin, they follow the ancient traditions and martial arts. Next Purna Kumbh is at Haridwar in the year 2022.
Kumbh 2019 was planned for months and was supposed to be a solo trip. However, the trip turned into a family trip of four people Mom, Aunt, Uncle and me. Aside from Kumbh at Prayagraj, we had also visited Bhubaneshwar, Konark, Puri, Kolkata and Varanasi. We reached Prayagraj without any invitation to take a holy dip in the confluence of the river Ganga, Yamuna and mighty Saraswati.