‘Kumbh’—its legacy is as impactful as its name. There could not be a more grandiose display of the religious faith and sentiments of Hindus than this, where multitudes of believers gather to bathe in the holy river, for a span of 50 days. This rare larger-than-life event is celebrated in the 4 most sacred regions of India—Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik and Prayagraj (Allahabad)—in India, once in 12 years. And this year, it will happen from 15th January 2019 to 4th March 2019! Here is your complete guide to the important dates of the Kumbh Mela.
The origin of this awe-inspiring fair
This centuries-old tradition is believed to have started to revere the mythology of the Puranas, which states that while Gods and demons were fighting for the pot of Amrita (Elixir for immortality), drops of it fell on the four sacred sites, which today are the home grounds for the Kumbh Mela. Devotees believe, that this holy bath cleanses them of their sins and delivers them from evil.
What to expect in Prayagraj?
Witness millions of pilgrims move towards the sacred confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati – Triveni Sangam, like waves. The passionate chants of Vedic mantras and religious hymns, the sounds of the spiritual music and the holy instruments, and the sights of sadhus and rishis with strapped hair and smeared in ash – would give you goosebumps.
Attractions of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019
A grand procession which arrives on elephants, horses and grand carriages, along with bands, marking the beginning of the fair.
The Cultural Events:
The fair will be featuring 5 different cultural pandals, where series of cultural performances will take place.
The Laser Light Show:
The State Government will be setting up a magnificent laser light and sound show to delight the tourists who visit Prayagraj for this one-of-a-kind event.
The Bathing Days
It goes without saying that the bathing ritual is the most significant and awe-inspiring among all rituals performed at Kumbh.
Here’s a brief of the holy bathing days at the Ardh Kumbh:
Makar Sankranti – 15th January 2019
The Sun is believed to have entered its next astronomical position on this day, which is celebrated with the first Shahi Snan, and donations of the pilgrims.
Paush Purnima – 21st January 2019
This day marks the rise of the full moon, when the pilgrims take the holy dip.
Mauni Amavasya – 4th February 2019
This is the most revered day, when pilgrims take the primary royal bath, as the planetary positions are believed to be the most appropriate on this day.
Basant Panchami – 10th February 2019
This day signifies the arrival of the Goddess Saraswati – the deity of knowledge
Maghi Purnima – 19h February 2019
Devotees believe that on this day God Gandharva arrives to the Sangam to guide the pilgrims to heaven. Guru Brahaspati is worshipped on this day.
Mahashivratri – 4th March 2019
This is the final day of the holy bath, accompanied by the grand rituals of worshipping Lord Shiva.
This is just a tiny glimpse of what awaits you at this unmatched celebration of life, death and beyond, which you can’t afford to give a miss.
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Kumbh Canvas: A one-of-a-kind experience right next to Triveni Sangam
Aagman India Camps: A luxury camping experience alongside the festivities
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