Khumb Mela: Join the Mahashivarathri Celebration in India

  • 27 Feb 2019

What is Khumb Mela? As one of the world's largest religious festivals, Khumb Mela is an enormous congregation of Hindus and people from all walks of life who flow in from different parts of the world to bathe at the sacred meeting point or 'Triveni Sangam' of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati rivers.

When and Where? The Khumb Mela 2019 is being held at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh from Jan 14th, 2019 till Mar 4th, 2019 which falls on the holy day of Mahasivarathri. 

Really, the Largest? According to BBC, the organisers are expecting over 120 million pilgrims to bathe at the sacred 'Sangam'. It's believed that bathing in the holy water can relieve the Hindus of their sins and pave the way to attain 'moksha', the only state in which they will be freed from the cycle of birth and death.

What Makes The Festival Special? From the sacred rituals to the crowd of 'sadhus' (holy men), Khumb Mela is both a visually and spiritually rich experience for anyone.  The place and its people will fascinate the visitors more than anything, especially the 'sadhus' who have relinquished all their worldly desires. 

How Can the Festival Be Seen From Outer Space? Yes, in 2001, an 'extraordinary picture was taken by Space Imaging's Ikonos satellite. The image shows what was happening at the start of the most sacred and busiest bathing day (Mauni Amavasya) of the festival.'

Also, earlier this year—at the beginning of the festival—the 'Indian Remote Sensing Satellite Cartosat-shared images captured from the space which showed key areas in and around Kumbh Mela 2019.'

The Festival is Celebrated Only Every 12 Years?

Watch the video to find out why Khumb Mela is held at different places for every 12 years. There are certain requirements to consider before fixing the dates. 

Why its Not Too Late to Visit Khumb Mela? The Mahasivarathri is the final day to bathe at the Triveni Sangam. Since Mahasivarathri falls on Mar 4th. 2019, it's not too late to plan your trip to Prayagraj. Let us know if you are going!

Source: NDTV, BBC, TripSavvy
Photo Credit: UPTourism, BBC, Jim Cline Photo Tours, Cox and Kings Blogspot, Times Now News, NPR, NDTV

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