Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019: kumb Mela is the most religious event in India and  is the best time to  explore the Cultural Heritage of India.

 

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

Kumb Mela is the world’s largest peaceful gathering at some of the very significant destinations in the history of Hinduism as the collective act of faith where millions of Hindus visit to be the part of this mind boggling event. Kumb Mela 2019 is starting from 15 January to 4th March at Prayagraj which is formally known as Allahabad In Uttar Pradesh state of India. So before sharing about Kumb Mela 2019 at Prayagraj let me share with you basic information about this incredible event.

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

Information about Kumb Mela

1. Kumb Mela is  the biggest event for the Hindu community which  is held in every fourth year at four different places featuring the vibrant culture of Hindus. Not only Hindus from India but a large number of tourists, pilgrims and foreign nationals take part in this event.

2. The mela is celebrated at four different places – the banks of the Godavari River in Nashik, the Ganges River in Haridwar, the Kshipra (Shipra) River in Ujjain, and the Sangam River (the meeting point of three sacred rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayagraj.

3. The main ritual of this event is bathing on the banks of the holy river in the city. Hindus believe bathing in these rivers is thought to cleanse a person of all their sins. Other activities involved here are religious discussions, mass feeding of holy men and women and the poor, singing devotional songs and holding religious assemblies. People visit Kumbh Mela in large number so as to experience the religious and the secular aspects of this mega event. The Sadhus come here so as to make themselves available for the large mass of Hindus whom they can instruct and advice over spiritual life.

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

Interesting reasons to know which city will hosts Kumb Mela 

In Hindus community planets (Grahon in Hindi) and zodiac signs  tooks a great place in choosing when which festival is to be celebrated. So while choosing which city will host Kumb Mela is also depends on the position of the planets.

These are the 4 cities where and when Kumb Mela takes place:

1. Haridwar will host Kumb Mela when the sun is in Aries and Jupiter is in Aquarius during the Hindu month of Chaitra.

2. Prayagraj will host Kumb Mela when the sun and the moon are in Capricorn and Jupiter is in Aries during the Hindu month of Magha.

3. Nashik will host Kumb Mela when the sun and Jupiter are in Leo during the month of Bhadrapda.

4. Ujjain will host Kumb Mela when Jupiter is in Leo and the sun is in Aries, or when Jupiter, the sun and the moon are in Libra during the month of Vaisakha.

Types of Kumb Mela:

1. Purna Kumb Mela: This Kumbh Mela is held after every 12 years in Prayagraj. Large numbers of pilgrims take bath in the holy Sangam. This auspicious fair is organised at a great level attended by millions of pilgrims. The last Purna Kumbh Mela was held in 2013.

2. Ardh Kumbh Mela: In Hindi, ‘Ardh’ means ‘half’ and ‘Mela’ means ‘fair’. The fair is also known as Ardh Kumbh as it is celebrated after every six years. It marks the halfway stage between the celebrations of the Purna Kumbh Melas every 12 years. The Ardh Kumbh is organised in only Allahabad and Haridwar. The last Ardh Kumbh Mela was held in 2016 in Haridwar.

In 2019 Ardh Kumb Mela will take place in Prayagraj.

 

Maha Kumbh Mela:  Maha Kumbh Mela  is considered to be once in a lifetime occasion for Hindus. Periodically, Maha Kumbh Mela comes in every 144 years or after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas. It is only held in Prayagraj. Periodically, Maha Kumbh Mela comes in every 144 years or after 12 years which is attended by millions of devotees takes holy dip at the holy river. Also, Maha Kumbh Mela is considered to be once in a lifetime occasion for Hindus.

2 Important facts about Kumb Mela

1. An estimated 22 crore people visited Maha Kumbh Mela till now in Prayagraj over a two-month period and  still 9 days left in end of this biggest event.

2. UNESCO recognises Kumb mela in the list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage”.

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

After sharing few information about Kumb Mela, let me share about the best things to know about famous Kumb Mela 2019 at Prayagraj:

Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019 is the upcoming Ardh Kumbh Mela to be held at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India from January to March 2019. So, Prayagraj and Uttar Pradesh tourism  welcomes you all to visit to experience the vibes of an amazing event.

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

This event is also famous for providing the travellers with some great spectacles of the grand Hindu rituals held by various saints and their disciples as members of various Akharas or religious orders that take part in the ritual of Shahi Snan – also the main highlight of the event. People are allowed to bathe in the waters only after Shahi snan is complete.

These are the important occasions and  dates for Shahi snan:

1. Makar Sankranti (1St shahi Snan) 14/15 January 2019

2. Paush Purnima 21 January 2019

3. Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan) 4 February 2019.

4. Basant Panchami (3rd shahi Snan) 10 February 2019

5. Maghi Poornima 19 February 2019

6. Maha Shivratri 04 March 2019

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

Ways to reach Prayagraj:

By Railway:  Prayagraj is very  well connected to all major railway stations in India. Some of the major railway stations in and around the city are: Allahabad Chheoki (ACOI), Naini Junction (NYN), Allahabad Junction (ALD), Phaphamau Junction (PFM), Subedarganj (SFG), Allahabad City (ALY), Daraganj (DRGJ), Jhusi (JI), Prayag Ghat (PYG), Prayag Junction (PRG). Also government has made special arrangement to book your train tickets by installing (RailKumbh App) to make train reservations to Kumbh Mela 2019.

By Air: Prayagraj is very well connected by ariways network but still the government has made special arrangements to make journey amazing by announcing new Air India flights to Prayagraj from Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata. The new flights will operate from January 13 to March 30.

Accommodation available at Prayagraj during Kumb Mela

There are mainly two types of options available for Accommodation in Allahabad for Kumbh Mela. 1) Hotels and 2) /Cottages. But, the most preferred choice is Cottages in comparison to hotels.  Most of the Cottages/camps are of basic categories, used to accommodate to pilgrims and tourists came for holy bath.

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019

In the end,  I hope you like my blog on Kumb Mela 2019 at Prayagraj. So, I welcome you all to be the part of this Mega event displaying Hindu culture.

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Hello everyone, I am Rahat Arora, I like to explore and capture good travel memories. Being travel lover I am also (travel blogger) through which I share my experience about places with the combination of exploring the place, culture and cuisines. So, I hope you all like my travel experience.

4 thoughts on “Best things to know about famous Kumb mela 2019”

  1. Wow, you learn something new every day. I have never heard of this festival. India is so vast that there is always something to learn about. Would certainyly love to revisit soon.

  2. Wow, you learn something new every day. I have never heard of this festival. India is so vast that there is always something to learn about. Would certainyly love to revisit soon..

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