The largest religious gathering in the world is upon us once again with the Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2019 commencing soon. Millions of Hindu devotees, not just from India but around the world, will flock to the city of Allahabad to bathe in the waters of the holy river. Every six years, the cities of Allahabad and Haridwar play host to this huge gathering. Ujjain and Nasik are other two cities where you can witness the splendour of this fair. The religious significance and the sheer grandeur of Kumbh Mela have earned it a spot on the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Since Allahabad is the host for 2019, the pilgrims will be bathing in the sacred waters of the Saraswati River. A dip in the river is believed to wash away the sins of devotees and help them achieve nirvana. As per Hindu beliefs, drops of Amrita or the drink of immortality were dropped by Lord Vishnu at four places, namely Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain, where the iconic Kumbh Mela is hosted. The gathering is so ancient that the exact date of its origin is unknown.
Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2019 will kick off on 15th January 2019 and conclude on 4th March 2019. A whopping 150 million devotees are expected to become a part of this splendid fair.
Allahabad Kumbh Mela Bathing Dates 2019
The bathing dates for Allahabad Kumbh Mela 2019 are as follows:
14/15 January 2019 (Monday/Tuesday) Makar Sankranti (Shahi Snan)
21 January 2019 (Monday) Paush Purnima
31 January 2019 (Thursday) Ekadashi Snan
04 February 2019 (Monday) Mauni Amavasya (Royal Bathing)
10 February 2019 (Sunday) Basant Panchami (Shahi Snan)
16 February 2019 (Saturday) Ekadashi Snan
19 February 2019 (Tuesday) Maghi Purnima
04 March 2019 (Monday) Maha Shivratri
Why is Kumbh Mela Allahabad Unique?
Kumbh Mela Allahabad is unique in several ways. Formerly, it is the only place where the long-followed tradition of Kalpavas is practised. Also, Triveni Sangam, which is the confluence of three rivers in Allahabad, is deemed to be the centre of the earth in numerous Hindu scriptures. But that is not all. It is also believed that a yajna or spiritual offering was performed here by Lord Brahma for the creation of the universe. Moreover, undertaking rituals at Allahabad or Prayag is also considered to be of the highest virtue.
How to reach Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2019?
A trip to Allahabad during the bustling Kumbh Mela is going to be an adventure of a lifetime. Allahabad is a major city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, hence, you will have no trouble reaching here and taking a holy dip in the waters. It is situated about 680 km from the national capital, New Delhi. Thus, you can conveniently reach here by road. Wondering about how to reach Kumbh Mela by air? You can book domestic air tickets online for Allahabad Airport and arrive without any inconvenience.
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