What is the Kumbh Mela all about?
Kumbh Mela is one of the greatest religious festivals of Hindus. The dates and place of this Mela are determined in advance.
During Kumbh, lakhs of Hindu devotees gather in one of the four cities (where Mela is organizing) to take the holy dip. Bathing in the holy rivers on particular dates during the Kumbh holds special significance. It purifies a person of all the wrongdoings. The festival is one of the largest congregations of devotees, anywhere on earth.
What is the reason behind Kumbh Mela being held once in 12 years?
The year and exact dates of the Kumbh is determined by proper astronomical calculations. It is believed that the Mela should be organized and holy baths should be taken when the sun and the planet Jupiter are in a certain relative position.
Now, since there are total 4 cities in India where Kumbh is organized, by this maths, the turn of every city comes only after 12 years. Therefore, Kumbh at a place is held in every 12 years.
At what place is the Kumbh organized?
The Kumbh is essentially about the ritual of taking bath in the holy waters, to get oneself washed off all the sins.
Therefore, every Kumbh is organized at the banks of a holy river.
It is held on the banks of Ganges in Haridwar, at the Sangam (confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati) in Allahabad, at the banks of river Shipra in Ujjain and alongside the Godavari in Nashik. The turn of the mass pilgrimage to be organized in each of these places comes after every 12 years.
What is the significance of the Kumbh Mela and why is it so important?
The dates of Kumbh coincide with a special relative positioning of planets of the solar system. According to the Hindu belief, this is best suited time for the devotees to purify their souls.
A bath in the holy river during these special days is believed to wash an individual of all sins and helps in the liberation of the soul.
At what place is the Kumbh Mela celebrated after 12 years?
Kumbh Mela comes in all four locations mentioned above after every 12 years. This means that in the Kumbh is being celebrated in Allahabad in 2019; it will next be celebrated here in 2031. I will go to the other cities before it comes back to Allahabad in 2031.
What is the number and types of Kumbh Mela in India?
In India total three types of Kumbh Mela Held: Ardha Kumbh Mela, Purna Kumbh Mela, and Maha Kumbh Mela. Ardha Kumbh Mela celebrated in every 6 years at Allahabad and Haridwar; Purna Kumbh Mela organized in every 12 years at all four locations Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik; Maha Kumbh comes in every 144 years and organized only at Allahabad.
When and Where was the Kumbh Mela last held?
In 2016, the Kumbh Mela was organized on the banks of river Shipra in Ujjain. The festival was attended by millions of devotees from all across the globe.
When and Why is the Ardh Kumbh Mela celebrated?
Ardh Kumbh Mela is a similar festival celebrated between two Puran Kumbh Melas. It is held every 6th year, only at two locations – in Prayag (Allahabad) and Haridwar. The Allahabad Kumbh Mela of 2019 is an Ardh Kumbh Mela.
When is Maha Kumbh Mela held?
The Kumbh Mela that falls after every 12 Kumbh Melas at each location is celebrating as the Maha Kumbh. Therefore, the Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated once in every 144 years.
What are the various means to reach the Allahabad Kumbh Mela?
You can reach Allahabad Kumbh Mela site by road, rail or by air. The city is well connected with major national and state highways, and the distances from major metros include – Delhi (582 km); Mumbai (1162 km); Kolkata (732 km).
Allahabad is a major railway junction and has multiple trains reaching from various parts of the country.
Indian railways also run special trains for the devotees for the Mela duration. As far as air connectivity is concerned, Allahabad has a domestic air terminal which becomes highly operational during the Kumbh, providing links to several major cities of India.
Other nearest airports include the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi (150 km) and the Lucknow Airport (200 km).
Is there any accommodation available at the Mela site?
Several types of accommodation are available at the Kumbh Mela site for the pilgrims. This includes Premium Cottages, Swiss Tents, Deluxe Tents, and Dormitories.
Facilities like beddings, furniture, 24X7 running water, attached washrooms, pick and drop etc. are provided with these accommodations.
Complimentary meals are also made available. To know more about accommodation at Allahabad Kumbh Mela, click here. To instantly book your accommodation, click here.
What are the restrictions and instructions, if any, for attending the Allahabad Kumbh Mela?
There are no particular restrictions as such, but the pilgrims are definitely required a follow a certain level of discipline in terms of their conduct.
The organizers can impose certain regular restrictions like banning the use of certain materials, carrying certain objects or visiting certain points due to security, religious or environmental reasons. Therefore, it is advised to cooperate with the authorities as far as possible.
Schedule of Allahabad Kumbh Mela this year.
The following are the dates for bathing at Kumbh Mela 2019:
14/15 January 2019 (Monday/Tuesday) Makar Sankranti (Shahi Snan)
21 January 2019 (Monday) Paush Purnima
31 January 2019 (Thursday) Ekadashi Snan
04 February 2019 (Monday) Mauni Amavasya (Royal Bathing)
10 February 2019 (Sunday) Basant Panchami (Shahi Snan)
16 February 2019 (Saturday) Ekadashi Snan
19 February 2019 (Tuesday) Maghi Purnima
04 March 2019 (Monday) Maha Shivratri
What is the procedure to book accommodation at Allahabad Kumbh?
You can view and book accommodation of your choice online. Due to the massive influx of pilgrims during the Kumbh Mela, we recommend booking your accommodation well in advance.
What are the motivations to attend Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad?
Kumbh Mela Allahabad is a unique occasion for the devotees to experience the spirituality in the purest of its forms, a spend a few days immersed in divinity and devotion. It is a festival that comes only once in several years and is one of the best ways to get rid of the sins and purify the soul.
What is the process of registration for Allahabad Kumbh?
You can register for the Allahabad Kumbh Mela online on any traveling or official and government sites.
What is the role of “Akharas” at the Kumbh?
Akharas refer to the groups and lineages of the spiritual leaders and gurus who belong to a particular sect within the religious customs.
Such Akharas are represented as one and take the holy dip together at the Kumbh Mela.
Akharas also have their designated tents at the Mela site, where they carry out their spiritual activities and deliver lectures etc.
Will the Kumbh Mela be Eco-Friendly this year?
Yes, The Kumbh at Allahabad is being organized keeping in view the environmental factors. The government and the organizing authorities have taken special steps in that direction. One of the key steps taken to ensure an eco-friendly Kumbh Mela this time is the use of ‘kulhads’ (earthen pots) and ‘Donas’ (Sal & Banyan leaves) for serving food to the pilgrims.
What is the recommended Allahabad Kumbh Tour Package?
For a first time guest, the rush band the chaos of the mega-festival can be intimidating. Therefore, we recommend the Premium cottage accommodation as it provides private accommodation complete with the highest class facilities and amenities.
What are the details (name, distance, location etc.) of the nearest Airports and Railway Stations?
The nearest railway station is the Allahabad Junction Railway Station, which is at a distance of about 5 km from the site of the Kumbh.
Several means of transport including rickshaws and shared taxis are available from here. The Bamrauli Air Force Base is the nearest air terminal, from where several dedicated flights are operated during the time of the Mela.
The Lucknow Airport (200 km) and Varanasi International Airport (150 km) are other nearly located airports.
Which type of Bathing Ghats arrangements are there at Kumbh Mela Allahabad?
There are two types of ghat at the Kumbh Mela Venue. The traditional ghats are generally heavily crowded, so the authorities also build makeshift ghats for the convenience of the devotees.
What are all the activities that one can do at Kumbh Mela in Allahabad?
The main purpose and the activity that must be performed at the Mela is to take the holy bath on the significant dates. The whole environment at the Mela is highly spiritual. So the visitors can also listen to the lectures and teachings of the religious saits saint spiritual leaders.
What are some good places to visit in Allahabad, on the sidelines of the Kumbh Mela?
Allahabad is a historical and culturally rich city with a lot to explore. Apart from the sangam point which is the site for the Kumbh Mela itself, there a several other ancient temples belonging to different deities.
They wear an incredible appealing look during the Kumbh time. The Allahabad fort is also nearby.
Anand Bhavan in Allahabad, the ancestral home of the Gandhi-Nehru family of Indian politics. The Bhavan is also a good place to explore India’s recent history and politics.
What kind of weather prevails in Allahabad in the Kumbh Mela duration?
The Mela in Allahabad will be celebrated during January – March when the weather ranges from the peak of the winters to the onset of the summers.
So, if you are visiting during the months of January and February, it is advised to carry woolens along.
Temperatures will be ranging from 10-degree Celsius in January to 32-degree Celsius in March.
What are the budget options for accommodation in Allahabad Kumbh Mela?
Yes. There are several options available, as far as accommodation at the Mela is concerned.
The budget options include deluxe tents and dormitories. These kinds of accommodation provide shared lodging with all the essential facilities in a low and affordable price range.