April 22, 2016
|Last Year (2015)||14 July -25 September|
|Present Year (2016)||22 April -21 May|
Kumbha Mela is a mass gathering or a traditional fair of Hindu devotees who congregate together in order to have a sacred bath in a holy river. There are chiefly four cities in India, where it takes place, the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha and the Ujjain Simhastha. The main occasion normally consists of custom bathing in a river. The moksha is the real reason, because of which it is still celebrated. Since, it is believed by many that whoever dips in holy rivers – the Ganges, or Sangam (consisting of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati) or Godavari or Shipra is blessed with immortality.
When Is It Celebrated?
Kumbh Mela is celebrated in every 12 years at any one location out of the above mentioned four locations. While an additional short version of Kumbh Mela takes place at Prayag and Haridwar in every six years. The Maha Kumbh takes place after the 12 successive Kumbh Mela has taken place that is in 144 years. It is a fair which needs a completely new stage of preparations which is done by the government authorities in order to make it one of the grand fest of all time. The Kumbh Mela which is celebrated at Prayag is celebrated after approximately 3 years of Kumbh Mela at Haridwar. There is always a difference of around 3 years between the Kumbh Festivals at Prayag and Nashik. Kumbh Mela at Nashik and Ujjain are celebrated in the identical year or one alternatively.
How It Is Celebrated?
The marking of starting of this grand fest is done by a ritual which is called the Peshwai Procession. This includes welcoming different members of Akharas and Sadhus of different beliefs. While the chief event includes a sacred bath in the holy river, other events include different other religious activities. It involves Bhandaras in which poor people are provided with food. The religious precepts are also redefined in every meeting. The chief motive behind celebrating this colossal fair dates back to medieval Hindu mythology which involves the story of Samudra Manthan. This fair allows members of the Hindu community to relate with the Sadhus and to take “darshan” .They are allowed to “seek out teaching or suggestion in their religious lives.” Hence, this festival is one of the best festivals celebrated at a grand level in India.