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22 AMAZING KUMBH MELA FACTS

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Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bath in a sacred or holy river. Traditionally there are 4 fairs widely recognised as the Kumbh Mela - Prayagraj (Allahabad) Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, and Ujjain Simhastha. So We concluded some most amazing facts about KUMBH MELA.

Here are the 22 interesting facts about KUMBH MELA.

Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith

Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bath in a sacred or holy river. Bathing in Kumbh Mela washed their sins and they come one step closer to salvation.

origin of the Kumbh Mela

The origin of the Kumbh Mela religious festival comes from a war between gods and demons over possession of the elixir(amrita) of eternal life or the nectar of immortality.

kumbh mela 2013

For the 2013 Kumbh Mela, officials set up 14 temporary hospitals, staffed with 243 doctors, more than 40,000 toilets, and stationed 50,000 police officials to maintain order.

Chinese traveller Huan Tsang first documented Kumbh Mela, 2000 years ago

Chinese traveller Huan Tsang first documented Kumbh Mela, 2000 years ago when he visited India in 629 – 645 CE. This easily gives the holy pilgrimage a good head-start when it comes to the oldest pilgrimages in the world.

few drops of the elixir(amrita) fell on earth at four places

It is believed that a few drops of the elixir(amrita) fell on earth at four places during various battles between Gods and Demons. These four places are where the rivers are believed to possess mystical powers.

meaning of kumbh

The story behind the Kumbh Mela goes back to the time when the gods (devas) used to reside on earth. Sage Durvasa’s curse had weakened them (Devas), and the demons (asuras) caused destruction in the world.

The festival has been held on the banks of the Ganges for thousands of years

The festival has been held on the banks of the Ganges for thousands of years.

A Maha Kumbh Mela happens once in every 144 years

A Maha Kumbh Mela occurs once in every 144 years and Kumbh occurs every 12 years.

Mela takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and Sun enters Aries.

Kumbh Mela takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and Sun enters Aries.

what is kumbh

According to the legend the “kumbh” was the container that held “the immortal nectar (amrita)” of the gods.

Kumbh Mela 2019

This year (2019), the Maha Kumbh Mela will last 55 days, starting on January 14th and ending on March 10th.

Kumbh creates jobs

In 2013, The mela creates approximately 650,000 jobs and was estimated to earn around Rs 12,000 crore .

exact age of the kumbh festival is uncertain

The exact age of the festival is uncertain. According to medieval Hinduism, Lord Vishnu spilled drops of Amrita (the drink of immortality) at four places, while transporting it in a kumbha (pot).

estimated 120 million people visited Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013

An estimated 120 million people visited Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013 in Prayagraj(that time Allahabad) over a two-month period, including over 30 million on a single day, on 10 February 2013.

Kumbh Mela facts

The Kumbh Mela is held on the dates when the waters of these sacred rivers are said to turn into nectar(amrita). The exact dates are calculated according to a combination of zodiac positions of Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon.

types of kumbh mela

There are 5 types of Kumbh Mela -> Maha Kumbh Mela,
Purna Kumbh Mela,
Ardh Kumbh Mela,
Kumbh Mela,
Magh Kumbh Mela.

Kumbh Mela is attended by pilgrims as well as sadhus

The Kumbh Mela is attended by pilgrims as well as sadhus. The Naga Sadhus participate in this festival and they are completely naked.

kumbh mela 2019

For the Ardh Kumbh 2019 around ₹4200 crore will be allotted by the state government, over two times more than the last Kumbh held in 2013.

sadhus in kumbh mela

Various sadhus (hermits) visit the Mela, including Nagas who do not wear any clothes, Urdhwavahurs who believe in putting the body through severe austerities, Parivrajakas who have taken a vow of silence, Shirshasins who stand 24 hours and meditate for hours standing on their heads, Kalpvasis who bathe thrice a day.

god demons battle

The gods and demons battled back and forth for twelve days and twelve “days” for the gods are equivalent to 12 years for humans, the Kumbh Mela is celebrated once in every 12 years at each of these four places. (Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik)

Kumbh Mela locations

The Kumbh Mela is held every three years, and switches between four different locations – Haridwar (river Ganga), Prayag (Triveni sangam of Yamuna, Ganga and Saraswati), Ujjain (river Kshipra), and Nasik (river Godavari). The mela returns to each location after a span of 12 years.

Prayag is revered as the most scared one

Amongst the venues of the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad or Prayag is revered as the most scared one. Firstly, it is the place where the three sacred rivers come together to form the holy sangam and secondly, it is revered as the place of first sacrifice performed by Lord Brahma after the creation of the universe.

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