Celebrations At Allahabad Kumbh Mela
It is believed in the ancient times during an ongoing war between the demons and the demigods for the possession of the elixir of immortality, a few drops fell to earth at four places: Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik, and Ujjain. And it is at each of the four places that Kumbh Mela, the gathering of millions: devout and common witnesses from all over India and rest of the world, is held and is a sight like no other. Based on astrological calculations it returns to each place after a gap of twelve years, bigger each time.
The story that the drops of nectar of immortality fell near Sangam is believed by the people to have given mystical powers to the place as millions gather at the ghats to purge themselves of all sins by taking a dip in the waters and attain Moksha (Salvation). Young and old, fit and frail; all regions, castes, and creed aside, it becomes the single most brilliantly unifying experience ever. The place itself, overrun by Naga Sadhus, who never wear any clothes and are always smeared in ash; Urdhwavahurs, non-indulgent in physical pleasures; Parivajakas, having taken a vow of silence; and Shirshasins, who stand for all 24 hours and meditate, transforms as if from another realm.
Allahabad Kumbh Mela Dates
|15th January||Tuesday||Makar Sankranti (1St shahi Snan)|
|21st January||Monday||Paush Purnima|
|4th February||Monday||Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan)|
|10th February||Sunday||Basant Panchami (3rd shahi Snan)|
|19th February||Tuesday||Maghi Poornima|
|4th March||Monday||Maha Shivratri|