Kumbh Mela has been an integral part of the Indian culture since ages. It has been epitomized in the world as the largest religious get together which is held every 12 years at four prime locations namely, Ujjain, Nasik, Allahabad and Haridwar. These are the locations where according to the Hindu legend, drops of Amrit had fallen while the demigods stayed on Earth for 12 years in an attempt to protect the holy water Amrit, from the demons.
Kumbh Mela – Nasik
Hindus are geared up for the next Maha Kumbh Mela India to be held at Nasik. It is commencing from July 14th 2015 and will take place at Trimbakeshwar. This place holds great significance to the Hindus as according to the Hindu mythology, it was in the River Godavari that drops of Amrit fell while Lord Vishnu flew towards heaven from Earth. The fair is celebrated with great pomp and devotees from all over the country flock together to be a part of this colorful festival of India.
The Holy Dip
It is believed that a dip in the scared Godavari River washes away the sins of devotees. The dates and timings for the holy dip is announced before-hand. It is really a sight to witness hundreds of pilgrims and sadhus take the holy dip. You can also buy food from the stalls and there are also stalls from where you can buy various other items. With people from all walks of life and all over the country looking forward to be a part of this one-of-a-kind festival, the administration makes arrangement for the lodging facilities for the pilgrims. You can get your rooms booked as there are various lodging options near the location of the Kumbh Mela Nasik 2015 where the festival will go on till the 25th of September 2015.
Kumbh Mela – Ujjain
The other prime location of the world’s biggest festival is Ujjain. The Kumbh Mela Ujjain will start from the 22nd of April 2016 and will go on till the 21st of May 2016. One of the major towns of the state of Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain serves as the perfect spot to host this unique cultural fest.
Various activities mark the traditions that are a part of the Kumbh Mela. The Sadhus and the pilgrims are the two major groups that form part of the festival. Darshan, also known as the respectful view is an old tradition. This involves visual interaction between the devotees and the deities. It is a common thing to spot various sadhus engaged in yoga and meditation. Also regarded as the Sadhu Festival, the Kumbh Mela is a meeting ground of several sadhus from across the country. The aghoris are those who worship Shiva and move around without clothes and have their bodies covered in ash. Foreigners visiting the Kumbh Mela are amazed to see the panorama of the festival where they can see such different aspects of religion and culture all at one place.