Maha Kumbh Mela is a mass gathering of Hindu devotees which is a very rare occasion held after every 144 years. It is one of the world’s biggest festival with the largest gathering of people on the planet with millions attending each time the event occurs roughly every three years on a rotation basis at Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik and Ujjain. Each Kumbh Mela is held at different places depending on the position of the planet Sun and Jupiter. A key feature of the Kumbh Mela is the attendance of Sadhus or holy men. There are several different sections that show their devotion in different ways: Nagas do not wear any clothes, cover their bodies with ash, Urdhwavahurs put their bodies through severe hardship and Shirashasins stand for 24 hours and meditate while standing on their heads. | Interesting and Stunning Facts about Kumbh Mela |
Interesting and Stunning Facts about Kumbh Mela
The history of Kumbh Mela goes back to Puranas when demons fought with Demi-Gods over Amrita, that came out from the elixir of immortality produced by their joint churching of the ocean of milk.
The Kumbh Mela is a mass gathering of Hindus from across India and around the world in a place where the Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers converge in Allahabad, India called the Sangam.
The Maha KumbhMela festival which is held every 12 years attracts around 80 to 100 million pilgrims from all around the world.
Holy men from different sections of Hindu religion throng to the Mela- they are Nagas Sannyasi, Kalpwasis, Shirshasine, Parivajakash, and Urdhawavahurs. They come to the Mela to perform sacred rituals relating to their respective groups.
This largest religious gathering of the globe has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of the world.
The origin of the Kumbh Mela religious festival comes from a legend describing a war between gods and demons over possession of the elixir of eternal life or the ‘nectar of immortality’.
Special facilities are provided for devotees, including toilets, temporary hospitals, doctors on call, and thousands of police personnel to manage the crowd and their security.
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