India is the land of religion and always known as the spiritual hub of the world from the olden times. The Landmarks the birth of many spiritual leaders and gods who share their knowledge traveling all across these beautiful Land. India is the birthplace of the Hindu religion which is the third most followed religion across the globe, Not only that the place also marks the birth of Buddhism and Jainism. India is always known to guide people on the spiritual path. The ancient culture of India emphasizes followers to dive within and seek the god.
India being a holy land meanders several event and festival which are treats to witness and fun when joined. The Kumbh Mela is one such important event you can relate to. The Kumbh Mela is the Indian festival where people from all over India come together and travel to take a dip into the holy water of significant Indian Rivers. The Dip in water is taken to become pure and serene as it is said that the river washes one’s sin and make one pure.
Kumbh Mela has held at some significant the places in India periodically over the span of 12 years the four significant places are Allahabad, Nasik, Haridwar, Ujjain. The whole event is filled with people coming together to repent for their sins. Also, it holds a record of a peaceful gathering of people. It lets you witness spiritual India, you can feel the magic in the air of the Kumbh Mela the whole event is exotic and one of its kind. The year 2019 marks the occurrence of Kumbh Mela in the Year 2019, and if you are looking forward to traveling to India it would definitely be a great time to explore and exploit the exotic places. Thus, you should not miss the opportunity as it is going to be held after 4 years.
Origin of the Kumbh Mela
The origin of the Kumbh Mela is found in Hindu holy scripture known as the Puranas. The tale which marks its origin tells about the big battle between the Devs (divine being) and Asuras (the beasts), they were fighting for the Amrit Kalash (elixir) known as Kumbh.
The event of Samundra Manthan (Samudra – sea, Manthan – Churn) take place which is done to extract the Kumbh from the sea. As soon as the Kumbha rises the Divine carrier of Lord Vishnu known as the Garuda took the pot flew away with it to protect it from the Asuras. The Kumbh is a spill in the four rivers situated distinctively at four places on earth. The places are Allahabad, Nasik, Haridwar, Ujjain.
Since then the rivers are holy to Hindus and Kumbh Mela is held on these four places.
How it is Held
The Kumbh Mela is the ancient festival marks to be held from many centuries. It is divided in the three-part according to the time span-
Kumbh Mela – It is held at the difference of the years.
Ardh Kumbh – Held over the span of 6 years.
Maha Kumbh Mela– 12 years.
The dates and time span is calculated according to the old Hindu calendar known as the Vikram Sawant. The dates are taken according to the old practice of calculating the periodic cycle of the celestial objects. The Kumbh Mela will be held when the Jupiter arises in the house Aries and Taurus and sun and moon in the house of the Capricorn.
The Allahabad in 2019 holds the occurrence of this mass Hindu pilgrimage. The event will take place at the Prayag in Allahabad.
The akharas are the term given to the monastery where the saints and spiritual people resides and gather knowledge so that they can spread it to the world and spread the message of love, joy, and peace. The devotee of the Shivas are known to be Shiva and devotee of the Vishnu are known as Vaishnavas, both of them have their own view on the spirituality.
The artist is the age-old Hindu ritual in which they worship their deity. The Arti is held every morning and evening. A number of people will be gathered together to worship gods and chant the holy mantras in sync with each other. The whole event of Arti is truly mesmerizing, it will allow you to forget your problems and just love the moment present before you.
Bathing in the holy river
The whole crowd gathers in the Allahabad to take the dip in the Holy Water. The sadhu and saints are the first on to take the dip in the holy water and after that, the common people will be allowed to take the dip in the water. The event is a major attraction and holds major significance for the Hindus it will be a totally new experience to witness and join them on the quest of washing sins. The crowd gathers early in the morning around 3:00 a.m so it is advisable if you can wake up early and join everyone at 3:00 a.m in the morning.
Now time to explore next pilgrimage place. Get your bags packed and plan a trip to Allahabad Aardh Kumbh Mela with your friends and family and also get an opportunity to travel the famous tourist destinations like the museums, forts and more in the city!