Its dusk and the shimmering and soft rays of sun capitulate to the glimmer of orangey streetlights at the confluence of the consecrated Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The magnificent and spiritual Mahakumbh Mela is one of the largest gatherings of worshippers, which is held once every 12 and 144 years.
This ancient northern Indian festival is as gripping as it is spiritual. The grand religious gathering in the world brings Hindu devotees together. They share their religious views, disseminate information and discuss their faith freely. Maha Kumbh Mela is a grand sacred event and millions of devotees attend it every day who strongly believe that by taking bath in holy rivers, one can get emancipation from all the sufferings and weights of life.Maha Kumbh Mela - Origin of the Name
Kumbh means’ pitcher’ or ‘pot’ and Mela signifies ‘fair’, this is how the word ‘Kumbh Mela’ derived. According to Hindu mythological tale , once Gods and Demons agreed to roil ocean to get the nectar of wisdom and immortality or amrita.
As per the Hindu folklores, all the divine beings wanted that the divine nectar should never be consumed by the evil powers as that would make them more powerful and indestructible. After a long struggle, when the pot of nectar came up from the sea, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of enchantress ‘Mohini’. He stole the pot of amrit and ran away from the fight that was going amid Gods and demons.
While running away, he passed the pot of amrita to his companion Garuda (a vulture). When the evil powers realized this, they chased Garuda. In this fight for nectar between demons and garuda, four drops of amrita fell at Nashik, Ujjain, Haridwar and Allahabad. Therefore, the magnificent Kumbh Mela is held at these places.Where is the grand Kumbh Mela Organized
The religious and commercial amalgamate and all the senses are encumbered at the super-colossal spiritual congregation in Allahabad. Deluged with millions of people who came here from all the four corners of the world, the spiritual mela takes place on a rotational basis. It is organized in four holy Hindu places in India- on the banks of Shipra river in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, on the banks of river Godavari in Nashik in Maharashtra, the Ganges river in Haridwar and, the last place is the convergence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati (Allahabad/Prayag).Religious Significance of Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela is not just a mere festivity; it holds a special place in the hearts of people who are kooky worshippers. It is said that taking a holy bath in sacred rivers washes of all the sins and one can attain Moksha. It is mentioned in Vishnu Purana and Brahma Purana that people who perform the rituals wholeheartedly gets liberation from all the pains and miseries of life. The importance of this mesmerizing and unique occasion is the fusion of cultural and religious beliefs of people who are drenched deeply into spirituality.Kumbh Mela- Customs and Traditions
Bathing in rivers is the main custom that is performed by devotees. It is said that bathing on this day bestows the devotee an unparalleled spiritual merit. As per Hindu scriptures, all the powers of divine beings exist in the this largest congregation and are manifested during the popular Maha Kumbh Mela.
Numerous activities like singing in the praise of God, discussions on religious matters, offerings to God and, much more takes place during Kumbh Mela. This festival is incomplete without the presence of ascetics and saints or sadhus. The presence of Naga Sadhus is the most interesting feature. They are completely naked and covered in smoky ash with matted hair. They look exotic and fuming at the same time. Many pilgrims accumulate here; they listen their religious discussions and take blessings from the Naga Sadhus.