Location: Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain & Nashik
Dedicated To: Lord Vishnu
Significance: Largest fair of Hindus in World

The Confluence Of Human And The Divine
AT A GLANCEA Procession by the Sadhus at Maha Kumbh Mela, Uttar Pradesh
Since time immemorial, The Kumbh Mela, the greatest of the Indian fairs, has enamoured people from all walks of life. Irrespective of all worldly barriers of caste, creed, region, the Kumbh Mela has wielded a mesmeric influence over the mind and the imagination of the ordinary Indian. The mela brings alive the most spectacular India, now almost relegated to the pages of history.

Symbolically speaking, the forces of creation are collected in one vessel (Kumbh) and a celebration (mela) ensues, which is why this event is called 'Kumbh Mela'. "Kumbh" meaning the pot and "Mela" a sacred Hindu pilgrimage, attracts the world's largest congregation of religious pilgrims.

Millions of Hindu worshippers take a dip in the holy River Ganges at the confluence of the three rivers; the holy Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, to wash away their sins as part of a festival, in the small town of Allahabad . The month long Mela (festival) represents a time when the river is believed to turn into purifying nectar, allowing the devotees to cleanse their souls as they bathe.

The Confluence Of Human And The Divine
It is a very important occasion that takes place, every three years, at the following four locations of India, alternatively:

The Sadhus of Naga Tribe at Maha Kumbh Mela, Uttar PradeshThe Purna (complete) Kumbh or Maha Kumbh, the biggest and the most auspicious fair, which falls once every 12 years, is always held at Allahabad , for the 'Sangam' or the confluence of rivers is considered to be exceptionally sacred.

This Mela presents the surrealistic view of a mini-India, where trans-sectarian Hindus are one on the issue of the virtues of the holy bath. All the devotees experience and understand the invisible, ultimate reality of wholeness and oneness, in the same way as does a pilgrimage to Mecca to Muslims and Jerusalem to Christians of different quarters of the world.

Displaying a passionate paradigm of Hinduism both at its best and its worst, it is undoubtedly, the greatest religious fair and the highest state of water symbolism. Though representing the infinitesimal Indian civilization, this mela in its magnificent form, reminds us of our extraordinary religious and spiritual legacy, and helps to maintain national integration by arousing psycho-traditional urges of the people.

The Genus Of Kumbh Mela
People At The Banks Of Holy Ganga, Uttar PradeshMaha Kumbh Mela: This is an extraordinary, once-in-a-life-time Indian festival, occurring every 144 years. The shift of consciousness engendered by the concentration of spiritual energy in Allahabad in India, during this event must be experienced to be believed.

Purna Kumbh Mela: Takes place after every twelve years and the last one took place in January 1989. Millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges for purification. It is an ancient tradition that is sacred and gives inner peace.

Ardh Kumbh: Held in the 6th year after Kumbh Mela, i.e. it falls between two Kumbh Melas. It has got the same religious value and attracts millions of people. It has the same main bathing days as in Kumbh Mela.

Kumbh Mela: The mela is held every three years, rotating through the four cities of Prayag, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain.

Magh Mela: The Annual Mini Kumbh is held every year except the years of Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumbh Mela. Magh Mela is held in the month of Magh (Jan-Feb); hence the name. During this period, about two or three million devotees throng this place.


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