Ardh Kumbh Mela Prayag (Allahabad) Information 2019
Mahakumbh is recognized as a very sacred affair for the Hindus across the globe; worldwide Mahakumbh is recognized as the largest gathering of humans for a single event. Mahakumbh is a fair organized in every 3 years at 4 different locations alternatively; this means that one location hosts Mahakumbh fair in every 12 years. According to Hindu mythological ancient scriptures of Veda suggests that Kumbh mela has been organized since starting of the time; however oldest scripture about Kumbh fair in modern history found is travel blog of ancient Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang. Heien Tsang writes about the river fair during the rule of King Harsha; however, other historians believes that this river side festival was organized in Prayag i.e. Allahabad in Indian state of Rajasthan in the year 644 CE.
Maha Kumbh fair is the largest & dominating festival celebrated by Hindus; nearly all sects of Hinduism take part in Maha Kumbh fair. All saints from different sects & beliefs gather in Maha Kumbh & discuss the Holy Scriptures; taking a dip in Holy River is an integral part of Maha Kumbh fair. It is firmly believed by all Hindus that taking dip in rivers during Maha Kumbh washes all their sins & makes them closer to salvation making Maha Kumbh one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus.
What Legends Said About Maha Kumbh Mela?
Legends suggest that there was a time when everybody was mortal in all worlds; in order to achieve more power against demons, it was decided to churn the ocean by devtas to get the nectar. After successful churning of ocean there was a fight triggered between devtas & asuras for the divine nectar. During the hustle between both of the parties few drops of nectar fallen on the earth too; it is believed that Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Nashik-Trimbkeshwar & Ujjain were the places where drops of nectar fell. Hence, these 4 locations witness the organization of Maha Kumbh fair alternatively in the time period of 12 years.
Maha Kumbh Mela Details
The Maha Kumbh fair lasts for nearly a month & during this period of time crores of people bath in holy water bodies. But the most interesting is to witness the processions of saints from different sects of Hinduism; most magnificent view is of procession of Naga Sadhus they are the one who bathe first of all people. These royal processions takes place on special occasions & called as Shahi Snana which literally means Royal Bath. The Naga Sadhus are the most mysterious ones in all who are participating in Maha Kumbh; nobody knows from where they come from & after taking a dip for where they leave. These Naga sadhu just remain in veil for all the time & appears only at Maha Kumbh Fair. Lifestyle of these Naga Sadhu is believed to be most difficult one; possessing any materialistic thing & keeping any kind of contact with outside world are cult for them. Naga Sadhus are often referred as aghoris; aghories remains naked just holy ash on their body. Naga Sadhu smokes marijuana on a large scale & are adherent devotee of Lord Shiva; Naga Sadhu have firm belief in the cosmic energy & many incidents of Naga’s miraculous powers have been reported over a very long period of time. People gathering at Maha Kumbh has a very curious intention to visit Naga sadhus to seek their blessings.
Ardh Kumbh Mela Prayag (Allahabad) 2019 Dates
Upcoming Ardh Kumbh Fair will be organized at Prayag i.e. Allahabad; from 15th January to 13th February 2018.
Ardh Kumbh Mela Prayag (Allahabad) 2019 Bathing Dates
|Makar Sankranti (1St shahi Snan)||14/15 January, 2019|
|Paush Purnima||21 January, 2019|
|Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan)||04 February, 2019|
|Basant Panchmi (3rd Shahi Snan)||10 February, 2019|
|Maghi Poornima||19 February, 2019|
|Maha Shivratri||04 March, 2019|
Ardh Kumbh Mela Prayag (Allahabad) 2019 Map
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