It finds its place in the UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity…
It is the world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims…
It is the largest peaceful gathering in the world…
The Kumbh Mela (or Kumbha Mela)
The festival of Hindu faith to bathe in the holy rivers of India to cleanse one’s sin.
It is believed that Lord Vishnu spilt drops of Amrita (the drink of immortality) at four places while transporting it in a Kumbha (pot).
These four places are present-day sites of the Kumbh Mela – Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain.
The Kumbh Mela is classified as,
The Maha Kumbh occurs after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas i.e. every 144 years
The Purna Kumbh Mela occurs every 12 years
The Ardh Kumbh Mela occurs every 6 years
The exact date is determined following the Vikram Samvat calendar and the principles of Jyotisha.
In 2013, Maha Kumbh Mela held at Allahabad saw
– An estimated 120 million people visit over a two-month period,
– Including over 30 million on a single day (10 February 2013)
It is Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Happening at Triveni Sangam, Prayagraj
From 15th January till 4th March
The preparations include
₹42,000 million (US$580 million or €510 million) temporary city over 2,500 hectares
122,000 temporary toilets
Range of accommodation – simple dormitory tents to 5-star tents
800 special trains by the Indian Railway
Artificially intelligent video surveillance and analytics by IBM
River transport management by IWAI
An App to help the visitors
For all the official information including bathing dates and tourist attractions, visit https://kumbh.gov.in/en