KUMBH 2019

Kumbh Mela is the mass public gathering of faith of Hindu pilgrims. There are about millions of people who come to experience the holy ritual of bathing for approximately 48 days . Pilgrims come from all walks of life to take part in the mela. It is celebrated for about four times over the period of twelve years and the mela site keeps rotating between Haridwar on the Ganges, Ujjain on the Shipra, Nashik on the Godavari and Prayagraj at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Sarasvati.

The occurrence of Kumbh Mela is majorly related to the astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon and the Jupiter. Maha (Great) Kumbh Mela happens every twelve years in Haridwar and Ardha (Half) Kumbh Mela happens every six years at Prayagraj.

‘Kumbh’ comes from the root ‘kumbhak’ (the sacred pitcher of elixir of immortality). The bathing ritual gets its significance from the Rig Veda which speaks of the benefits of bathing at these rivers during a particular period, elimination of negative influences and rejuvenation of mind and soul. Atharva Veda and Yajur Veda mentions about the prayers for the ‘Kumbh”.

Donations to the poor, saints and to the cows is a major part of the festival. It gives the message of welfare, prosperity, joy of giving and peaceful relationship with all the beings across the world.

RITUALS OF KUMBH

  1. Aarti
  2. Snan
  3. Kalpavas
  4. Deep Daan
  5. Triveni Sangam
  6. Prayagraj Panchkoshi Parikrama
  7. Shri Madhava Temple

AUSPICIOUS BATHING DATES OF KUMBH 2019

  1. Makar Sankranti – 15 January 2019
  2. Paush Purnima – 21 January 2019
  3. Mauni Amavasya – 4 February 2019
  4. Basant Panchami – 10 February 2019
  5. Maghi Purnima – 19 February 2019
  6. Mahashivratri – 4 March 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS AT KUMBH 2019

  1. Folk and Cultural Events – 28 January – 3 February 2019, 5 February – 7 February 2019
  2. Mauni Amavasya – 4 February 2019
  3. Basant Panchami – 10 February 2019
  4. Maghi Purnima – 19 February 2019

For more information: https://kumbh.gov.in/en

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