2019 Kumbh Mela – Significance & Rituals

Kumbh Mela is a religious celebration of Hindus, in which fans gather in epic numbers to bathe in a sacred waterway to wash down their wrongdoings. Charged as the “World’s biggest human get-together for religious purposes”, the Kumbh Mela has individuals from everywhere throughout the world and from varying backgrounds, going to it.

The more ordinarily known Kumbh Melas are those which are praised multiple times over a course of twelve years. These incorporate the Prayag Kumbh Mela, the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha and the Ujjain Simhastha. These are held by turn at Prayagraj at the conjunction (sangam) of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the undetectable Sarasvati) Haridwar (On the banks of the Ganges), Nashik (On the banks of the Godavari) and Ujjain (On the banks of the Shipra).

There are diverse sorts of Kumbh Mela, contingent upon its significance. Also, the dates are chosen the premise of a mix of zodiac places of Jupiter, Sun and the Moon. The most propitious is the Maha Kumbh that is praised once in 144 years. The last Maha Kumbh was commended in 2013 in Prayagraj (Then called Allahabad) and the following Maha Kumbh will currently happen in 2157 in Prayagraj.

An Ardh Kumbh (Half Kumbh) Mela is held each 6th year at Haridwar and Prayagraj.

Ardh Kumbh 2019 will be held at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj (Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh, from fifteenth January to 4rth March.

There are sure washing dates that are viewed as exceptionally propitious amid the time of the Kumbh Mela, 2019. They are-Makar Sankranti, which falls on fifteenth January. (Pratham Shahi Snan or the First Holy shower). This day is exceptionally propitious as Sun moves from Sagittarius to Capricorn and approaches Shravana star.

Paush Purnima, which falls on 21st January. This Full Moon Day in the Magha month of the Hindu Lunar Calendar is viewed as exceptionally propitious for taking a Holy Dip.

Mauni Amavasya, which falls on 4rth February. (Dwitiya Shahi Snan or the Second Holy shower) It is trusted that fasting and washing in the Holy Ganges on this day is exceptionally useful to the psyche.

Basant Panchami, which falls on tenth February. (Tritiya Shahi Snan or the Third Holy shower). Goddess Saraswati is loved on this day and aficionados wear yellow garments in the wake of taking a plunge in the heavenly waterway.

Maghi Purnima, which falls on nineteenth February. The day is extremely propitious as it is trusted that the Gods and Goddesses themselves descend from the sky to take a plunge in the sacred streams.

Maha Shivratri, which falls on 4rth March. Ruler Shiva is venerated on this day and it being the latest day of the mela, taking a plunge in the heavenly waters is viewed as extremely promising.


As per folklore, after the Sagar Manthan, when the Gods were diverting the pot of nectar that had risen up out of the agitating of the ocean, a few drops from the pot fell in four places on the earth. It is here that the Kumbh Melas are held. ‘Kumbh’ signifies pitcher, ‘Mela’ signifies assemblage of individuals.



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