Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Maha Kumbh Mela 2019
Kumbh Mela is the world’s biggest religious gathering. It’s a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. In this fair, nearly 100 million people following Hinduism or other religious practices attend Kumbh Mela. Its intensity itself is a testimony of its rich significance for Hindus.The festival is held at one of the four venues (Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar), every third year. Thus every venue gets to host the festival in a gap of twelve years
How Kumbh Mela is celebrated?
The main ritual of Kumbh Mela is bathing in the holy river. Hindus take a dip in the holy water and it is believed that this should be performed on the day of the new moon, his and his ancestors’ sin get release and they attain freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Right from 3 am pilgrims start to gather for taking the dip. As soon as the sun sets, different groups of Sadhus start the rituals in the river. After the “shahi snan”, people wear fresh clothes and worship beside the river bank.
Dates of Allahabad Ardh Kumbh Mela – 2019
The Ardh Kumbh Mela in 2019 will commence from the auspicious Makar Sankranti that will fall on 14th January and continue till the Maha Shivaratri that will occur on the 4th March
The Auspicious Bathing Dates are as follows:
ü Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snan) – 14/15 January 2019
ü Paush Purnima – 21st January 2019
ü Paush Ekadashi Snan – 31st January 2019
ü Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan) – 04 February 2019
ü Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snan) – 10th February 2019
ü Maghi Ekadashi – 16th February 2019
ü Maghi Poornima – 19th February 2019
ü Maha Shivratri – 04 March 2019
How to Reach Allahabad to Attend Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019?
1. By Air – The closest air connection to get to Allahabad is Bamrauli airport in Allahabad. Located at a distance of 12 km from the city, it operates only the domestic flights
2. By Rail – Allahabad Junction has connectivity by train by almost all parts of India. It also serves as the headquarters of the North Central Railway Zone
3. By Road - You can reach Allahabad from any part of the country. It is easily accessible