Kumbh Mela 2019 shall be Colorful, Boisterous, Teeming with millions of salvation seekers, and intriguing – in short a place your mom asked you to avoid in your childhood.

Fortuitously you never paid any heed to that advice!

Kumbh Mela, the largest peaceful congregation on planet earth, is alternatively held every 12 years at 4 places in North and Central India – Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain. An Ardh Kumbh Mela too is held every 6 years at the same places.

A carnival of celebrating good fortune, seeking salvation and washing away sins of a lifetime; the major attraction at Kumbh Mela is bathing on a few preordained auspicious days according to the Hindu calendar.

Hindus widely believe that a dip in the sacred rivers of Ganges (Haridwar), Confluence of Ganges, Yamuna & Sarasvati (Allahabad), Godavari (Nasik) and Shipra (Ujjain) washes away all the sins and prepares you for the indescribable, elusive Moksha (Salvation), the definitive aspiration of being born as a human being.

Kumbh Mela 2019 is not just for Hindus

Although identified as a Hindu religious congregation, the Kumbh Mela is an eternal favorite of international travelers and tourists, especially from countries like the UK, USA, and Australia.

Tens of millions of Indians including the mystical naga sadhus and foreigners from every part of the world come together to experience the exhilaration and are left mesmerized by the rituals and conventions that form an integral part of Hinduism.

There absolutely is no other recurrent gathering that can act as an analogy to Kumbh Mela 2019. Think 20X of The Rio Carnival, the biggest ever carnival in the history of mankind.

Kumbh Mela 2019 is scheduled to be held in Allahabad (aka Prayagraj) from January 15 – March 4. Despite the fact that it’s an Ardh Kumbh Mela, Allahabad offers the distinctive opportunity of washing your sins and attaining salvation at the confluence of 3 of the most sacred rivers – Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible yet sacrosanct Sarasvati.

Just the right time to plan a visit to view Vibrant India in its entire splendor.

Even if you are not too religious, the expanse of ceremonies and rituals like the Peshwai Procession of various akhadas (sect of sadhus), magnificent darshans and the inevitable tussles between the akhadas for the Shahi Snan (Royal Bath) on designated dates will make for an impressive photo and video portfolio for your Instagram feed and Snapchat conversations. Plus you stand the incredible possibility of spiritual awakening and washing away your sins in a single dip. Come to think of it, Kumbh (pitcher) can be your real Cup of Life!

Kumbh Mela 2019 Bathing Dates

Date (2019)

Day

Event

15th January

Tuesday

Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snan)

21st January

Monday

Paush Purnima

4th February

Monday

Mauni Amavasya (2nd Shahi Snan – Main)

10th February

Sunday

Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snan)

19th February

Tuesday

Maghi Purnima

4th March

Monday

Maha Shivratri

Kumbh Mela 2019 Itineraries

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Kumbh Mela 2019 Allahabad – What to expect

Revered by Hindus across the world, Allahabad or Prayagraj is the sacred city of Sangam, the confluence of 3 rivers – Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati. Myth has it that Lord Brahma referred to it as Tirth Raj or The King of all Pilgrimage centers.

The present day Allahabad is about 600 km from New Delhi, the capital of India. You can take a flight (about 1.45 hours), a train (6-7 hours), or travel by road (10-12 hours) from here. Other metros like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, etc. also offer flights to the city of Allahabad. Please get in touch with us to discuss the most convenient way to get in from your place.

Inter-city transport will be managed by our tour operators, so you can rest easy over that aspect. We will ensure you get to explore the city on foot, in rickshaws and in cars for soaking in the effervescence of the city at the time of Kumbh Mela. The major attractions are:

Peshwai Procession

Call it the final countdown to the Kumbh Mela! The Peshwai procession is the resplendent march of thousands of Naga Sadhus – the naked ascetics who are venerated for their austerity and dreaded as much for their fierce tempers – into their assigned camp in the Kumbh Mela.  The majestic procession is led by the Naga Sadhus displaying their enviable acrobatic and martial skills. Dozens of elephants, horses and loud musical bands complete the Peshwai procession, a sight that should be at the top of your bucket list if you’re planning to visit Kumbh Mela in at Allahabad.

Shahi Snan

According to Hindu legends, Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years at 4 holy places – blessed on account of the fact that 1 drop each of the divine nectar (Amrut) dropped at each of these 4 places – Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain, while the pot of nectar was being transported by Garuda, the celestial bird.

The immortality characteristics of that nectar are transported to people who take a holy bath at preordained times. Since sadhus (Saints and ascetics) are intensely revered for their mission of protecting the Hindu Dharma, they are given priority over every other person to take a dip – thus the name Shahi Snan or Royal Bath.

There are 3 Shahi Snans – one each on Makar Sankranti, Mauni Amavasya and Basant Panchami. Of these 3, the one on Mauni Amavasya is the main Shahi Snan. Remember to carry your cameras to capture the exotic vistas you’ll be a witness to.

Shahi Snans are categorically the most important days of Kumbh Mela and the celebrations begin even before dawn, at about 4 AM. Long processions of saints and their followers from 13 different akhadas are applauded along the route that is decorated with rangolis and flowers strewn all over. The naga sadhus and other saints arrive in style with many of them on horses, chariots or elephants.

This procession is a sight to behold, especially if you are witnessing it for the first time. Try to envision thousands of naga sadhus naked or in bare minimum of clothes, adorned with garlands, brandishing shining swords; with the holy ash smeared all over their bodies shimmering in the rising sunlight. For added effects, blowing conches or deafeningly chanting religious catchphrases creates a surreal experience that is impossible to ever erase from your mind!

Akhadas and Naga Sadhus

While at the Kumbh Mela, don’t miss to visit the camps of the 13 akhadas. Their lifestyle will certainly be a revelation. While most of them live a minimalistic lifestyle, naga sadhus take it to just another level of celibacy. Their grueling lifestyle and proclivity for martial skills has given them the right to be the first among equals – the akhada of naga sadhus are the first to take the Shahi Snan.

Every akhada conducts satsangs for the benefit of common people. You can join in and listen to the spiritual and religious discourse. Plenty of photo opportunities exist, and if you conduct yourself like an enamored follower, you might as well get the opportunity to meet the sect head and learn a few insider secrets about Dharma and Theology.

Once the saints are done with their bathing rituals, common people shall be allowed to begin their sacraments of taking the holy dip at Kumbh