Kumbh Mela is one of the holiest festivals celebrated across India. This mela (fair) is made every 12 years. The main traveling cities where this festival is held are – Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad. This Mela is one of the best times to visit pilgrim centers or towns and become a part of Indian traditions and culture.
About Kumbh Mela:
There is a story surrounding the celebration of India’s biggest rival of mela. The story goes that in the service of Lord Indra his suffering; he mistakenly dropped the holy nectar in four towns while other gods and goddesses pursued him for a pot of holy nectar. Following the four pure cities namely – Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad the festivals began.
The astrology calculation:
The Maha Kumbh Mela is held when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries.
Kumbh Mela in Haridwar:
Kumbh Mela (fair) is held in Haridwar at Har ki Pauri ghat. This Ghat is on the banks of the holy river Ganga. During the Kumbh Festival, thousands of pilgrims from all over India dived into the holy water of Ganga to cleanse their past sins. This fair includes long Hindu pujas, bathed in Ganga water and worships in Hindu temples. This Festival is finally held in 2010, the next Kumbh Festival in Haridwar will be held in 2022. In Haridwar the main attractions are high devotional songs, feeding of holy men, Hindu priests , women, and poor people of all forms.
Kumbh Mela – What to Do:
During the Kumbh Festival in Haridwar a large number of people came to Har-ki-Pari Ghat and many religious and commercial camps were established. The main rituals of this Pilgrim are to light a diya (lamp) and send it flying over the Ganga and create a will. There are four main ghosts in Haridwar – Har Ki Pauri Ghat, Asthi Parvi ghat, Subhash Ghat and Gau ghat.
Other Things to Do in Kumbh
- Enjoy a night of ghosts and be a part of Maha Aarti.
- Enjoy talking with Shirshasins, Priests and other traveling companions around the world who stand every 24 hours and reflect on the many hours that stand on their heads.
- Turn north to Har from Pauri Ghat and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.
- People seeking self-peace can book themselves at the famous yoga ashram in the town and enroll in yoga and Ayurveda programs.
- Pilgrims stay at various ashrams and dharamshala (small and cheap hotels) set up at this festival and enjoy a lovely stay with other pilgrims.
Travel for Kumbh:
You will need to travel to Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad to attend Kumbh. The nearest metro city is Delhi. You can find cheap air tickets and do bookings online on bus tickets at the travel portal such as Via.com.