Kumbh Mela – World’s largest religious congregation
What Makes Kumbh Mela the Largest Congregation of Human?
Backed by the ancient history of obtaining nectar between supernatural beings, the four sites, which are Ujjain, Hardwar, Prayag, and Nasik, are considered the holy places as a few drops of nectar fell at these locations. Hindu religion has a strong belief in this story and its followers worship these all sites by heart. The celebration of Kumbh Mela brings together many tourists and pilgrims to accumulate at one place to glorify this peaceful occasion. Here are all the important attributions of Kumbh Mela making it the largest congregation of the human.
The sacred Rivers
As already mentioned, there are four pilgrimage places where this Kumbh Mela rotates. These all the places are located on the sacred rivers such as Ujjain at Shipra river, Haridwar at Ganges river, Nashik at the Godavari, and Prayag at the commonplace of three sacred rivers namely the Sarasvati, the Ganges, and the Jamuna. This confluence of three rivers is named Triveni which is the combination of purple (Yamuna), transparent (Ganga), and dusky yellow (Saraswati) colour and converging to somewhat violet at the fiesta.
During the Kumbh Mela, people around the corner of India come to take a holy dip in the sacred rivers. This dip is more than just a normal bath as it is more comforting and satisfying even in the freezing cold waves of the river. The process of divining dip is taken as earthly possession free and strangely magnificent. After taking the bath during Kumbh Mela in this holy water, people feel free from bad thoughts and consume fresh energy to start a new beginning. This ceremonial bath is taken by a group of participants and holy men on a specified day and auspicious hours.
Symbol of Unity and Integrity
This auspicious congregation of people is the remark of unity and integrity to perform the religious activity happily. Apart from Hindus, many of people from other religions, take part in this Kumbh Mela and attend all the rituals and performance by whole heart. This is the attraction point of many tourists as well because it is the chance to watch devotion of Hindus towards the god and his existence. People participating in the Mela are from different walks of life but they all have one thing common which is to lead a pure life showing the power of humanity.
Millions of Pilgrims
More than tens of millions of pilgrims every year arrive to take part in this occasion. In 2001, around 40 million people reached to make it one of the biggest celebrations of the Hindus' faith. In 2013, as the calculation shows, around 100 million visitors came for preparation. The Kumbh Mela 2019 is going to take place in 45 km area in Prayag this time. After a gap of 450-years, Saraswati Koop and Akshayavat are going to be opened for visitors.
Every 12-years Period
At Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik, the Kumbh Mela is organised one time in 12-years span. The Kumbh Mela held on Nasik and Haridwar have a gap of nearly 3-years. Apart from this, at Ujjain and Nashik, fairs are celebrated generally on the same year or a gap of one year. At Prayag and Haridwar, every sixth year, Ardha Kumbh is taken place and every twelfth year, Maha Kumbh is held.
The religious priests around the world who have faith in Hinduism arrive to mark their presence at this auspicious occasion. Many religious activities and rituals are performed during the period to make it one of the best engaging moments for the attendees.
Summing all the features of Kumbh Mela, it is the largest congression in India backed by religious values and rituals. If you are also planning to visit the occasion this year, knowing these facts will surely help to understand the meaning of this auspicious occasion in our life.