Kumbh Mela is not only an auspicious gathering, but also one of the most famous fairs where devotees from across the globe come to attain spiritual salvation and wash off sins in the ritual bathing at the Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj. Amid the blissful sights of miracles performed by Sadhus adorned in saffron, and various other rituals taking place simultaneously, special importance is given to taking a dip in the holy water on certain dates. This year you must go for a dip on these occasions:
Makar Sankranti (January 14 and 15) , Paush Purnima (January 21), Mauni Amavasya (February 4), Basant Panchami (February 10), Maghi Poornima (February 19), and Maha Shivratri (March 4).
The Kumbh Mela is usually a 55 day affair, and this year it will be on from January 15 to March 4. Apart from the ‘Shahi Snaan’, watch our for the chanting of vedic mantras and elucidations of religious hymns in the pandals, spiritual music played on various instruments, and the rishis and devotees going about with immense joy in their hearts.
The Kumbh Mela at Prayag is special as compared to Kumbh at other places such as Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik due to many reasons. The tradition of long-term Kalpvas is practised only in Prayag. The Triveni Sangam is considered as the centre of the earth in ancient scriptures. Lord Brahma performed the Yajna here for creating the universe. And lastly, Prayagraj is called the shrine of pilgrimage; especially protected by all the Gods.
Residing here for a month and practicing complete asceticism, remaining celibate and duly performing oblations for the deity and ancestors is said to fulfil all of man’s desires. It is believed that an individual who takes the holy dip in the sacred waters relieves himself as well as ten generations before him from the cycle of rebirth, hence, achieving salvation. The Kumbh Mela at Prayag is spread over thousands of hectares around the sangam area, and is the greatest congregation of people in any city in the world.