Kumbh Mela

Kumbh MelaKumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage that occurs four times every twelve years and rotates among four locations: Allahabad (Prayag), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. Each twelve-year cycle includes one Maha Kumbh Mela at Prayag, which is attended by millions of people, making it the largest gathering anywhere in the world.

The observance of Kumbh Mela is based upon the following legend: Thousands of years ago, in the Vedic period, gods and demons made a temporary agreement to work together churning Amrit (the nectar of immortality) from the Ksheera Sagara (primordial ocean of milk), and to share the nectar equally. However, when the Kumbh (urn) containing the amrita appeared, the demons ran away with it and were chased by the gods.

For twelve days and twelve nights (equivalent to twelve human years) the gods and demons fought in the sky for possession of this pot of amrita. It is said that during the battle, drops of amrita fell at four places: Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. Thus, the Kumbh Mela is observed at these four locations where the nectar fell.

This holy event with such tremendous faith has gained international fame. Famous ancient traveler. Hiuen Tsiang of China, was the first to mention Kumbha Mela in his diary. His diary mentions the celbration of 75 days of hindu month of Magha (January-February), which witnessed half a million devotee including sadhus, common man, rich & famous & kings.

The combined sanctity of the three holy rivers, coupled with the spiritual powers obtained from the pot of nectar of immortality has earned Prayag as tirtharaja ( the king of holy places). The confluence of India's three most sacred rivers at Allahabad , Besides the Ganges, there are also two other sacred rivers located at Allahabad, the Yamuna and the Saraswati . Ganges & Yamuna has its earthly origin in the Himalayas. Whereas Saraswati, is a mystical river which has no physical form. Its is believed that the Saraswati exists only on the spiritual plane and is not visible to the human eye.
Ever since than this Holy event has seen considerable increase in the attendance of devotees During days of Shankara back in 8th century the Kumbh Mela saw a growth to enormous proportions, In 1977 there were 15 million pilgrims, whereas in 1989 this number increased to 29 million & during 2001 Maha Kumbha Mela drew an estimated 70 million people over 44 days, making this the largest single gathering of humanity in recorded history.

How to reach Prayag
By Air:-Though Allahabad has a domestic airport but there are flights connecting only a few cities. The nearest Big airport from Allahabad is Varanasi, which is connected to most of the Metro cities in India, including New Delhi, the capital of India.
By Rail:-Being situated on the main line of the Indian railways, there are direct trains for Allahabad from most of the major Indian cities.
Road:- By road it is well-connected with all places. One can go by Bus or Car from any major cities.

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