Kumbh Mela is organized every 3, 6, and 12 years with pomp and show at four locations of India. This is also a UNESCO Designated cultural heritage of humanity. The real zeal of Kumbh Fair cannot be understood without taking part in it. This is why millions of devotees, travel explorers, and pilgrims visit the Kumbh for spiritual blessings. But, the biggest treat to eyes in Kumbh Fair 2021 in Haridwar is the diverse cultural activities. Let’s tell you the many aspects of this “largest peaceful congregation on earth”.
Why Kumbh Mela in Haridwar is Different?
Haridwar holds great significance in cultural traditions due to its location along the Holy River Ganges. There are several legends of Maha kumbh 2021 Haridwar in India. The one tradition says that it is one of the places where the secret of eternity “Amrita” was spilled by Garuda (the ride of Lord Vishnu). Thus, this place holds the “elixir of life”. People come here to get salvation from the past sins, as per tradition. Millions of people will participate in Shahi Snan in Kumbh Haridwar, 2021. If you are looking to participate in Kumbh Mela 2021, you can plan your holidays in advance. Feel the spirituality, cultural diversity, and oldest living traditions of India.
Why Maha Kumbha Mela in Haridwar is Celebrated every 12 years?
Religious scriptures hold it that, Garuda took 12 divine days to reach heaven with the “Amrita”. These twelve days of Garuda are considered 12 years of human time or earthly period. Therefore each Maha Kumbh is celebrated after 12 years at the four places of Kumbh Mela in India i.e. Prayagraj (Allahabad), Haridwar , Ujjain , and Nashik . As per tradition, Mini Kumbh is celebrated every 3 years at the four locations in rotation. Thus, every 12th year it is Maha Kumbh. Hence, Mahakumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar has come after waiting for 12 years.
Astrologically, there are 12 zodiacs and major 9 planets, according to Hinduism. As per solar system revolution, these planets enter each zodiac at the specific period of time. 12 years of Kumbh Mela in India is also significant for the position of planets in each zodiac. Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar 2021 will be celebrated when Sun will enter into Aeries, and Jupiter into Aquarius.
Activities in Kumbh Fair 2021 in Haridwar
Kumbh is not an ordinary fair. It is a celebration of devotion, asceticism, faith, and spirituality. Millions of Naga Sadhus take bath on Shahi Snan (ritual bathing in Kumbh Mela) day. These ascetics are given preference to general pilgrims. This shows the great tradition of Hinduism for respecting elders and monks. You can have the blessings of thousands of penancing Sadhus, see religious debates (shastrarth), and participate in charity. The atmosphere of Kumbh Festival 2021 in Haridwar will bring together people from all walks of life. Pilgrims, ascetics, VIPs, traders, men, women, and the general public will have an equal chance of salvation in the divine Kumbh Fair 2021 in Haridwar. Go to see the religious harmony, a celebration of faith, and coming together of people from all sections of society to mingle without showing off. Offer your prayers in Vedic rituals (religious sacrifice), and chant mantras.
Interaction with Naga Sadhus in Mahakumbh in Haridwar 2021
The mysterious world of Naga Sadhus will come to public view during Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar. This is the world of mystics that no one knows. There are several traditions of Naga Sadhus. The major participants in the Kumbh are Niranjani Akhada, Mahanirvani Akhada, andJuna Akhada. Meet the penancing sages who are known for their extraordinary spiritual and religious powers. The mainstream society comes to have a glimpse of these divine saints. These saints come for Kalpawas of 1 month during Kumbh Fair. It is a process of spiritual salvation form the ordinary life. Not only Naga Sadhus but also, ordinary Grihastha can do Kalpawas in Kumbh.
Types of Kumbh Melas (Fairs) in India
- Kumbh Mela – happens every 3 years at 4 places in rotation.
- Ardha Kumbh Mela (Half Kumbh Mela) – Happens six years after the Kumbh only in Haridwar and Prayagraj.
- Purna Kumbh Mela – held every twelve years at the four locations i.e. Prayagraj, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. (Puran Kumbh is often referred to Maha Kumbh as no one lives to see the Maha Kumbh which is held every 144 years.
- Maha Kumbh Mela - It happens once in every 144 years, after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas (only in Prayagraj).
Location of Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela starts from Haridwar. It is rotated to other locations every 3 years. The 6th year always happens in Haridwar or Prayagraj. Since the Kumbh Mela is celebrated astrologically, it is not mandatory to be held every 3, 6, or 12 years. It may alter as per astrological calculations by astrologers. Four places of Kumbh in India have immense religious and cultural significance in India. Here are more details of locations of Kumbh Fair in India.
- Haridwar – along river Ganga (Uttarakhand).
- Prayagraj – at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the extinct Saraswati River (Uttar Pradesh)
- Nashik – along Godavari River (Maharashtra).
- Ujjain – along River Kshipra) (Madhya Pradesh)
When was the last Maha Kumbh Mela held?
Last Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (now Prayagraj), was held in 2013. Now, it will be held in 2021 in Haridwar . The place is also called Mokshadwar (gateway to salvation) in religious scriptures of Hinduism. The last Kumbh Mela in Haridwar was held in 2016.
Affordable Accommodation inMahakumbh 2021 in Haridwar
The most affordable accommodation is Swiss Cottage Tents. You can book them from the Tent Vendors from the sites of travel agents or government. The arrangements for making a temporary city in the Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar will be done months before. These tents come in premium and deluxe varieties to accommodate all needs of travelers and pilgrims.
Places to Explore Nearby Kumbh in Haridwar
Since Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar is a getaway to Himalayas of India, you can explore beautiful scenic hill stations. If you have planned a long vacation, must experience the pristine charm of Rishikesh, Nainital, Shimla, Manali, and Mussoorie.
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Pay a tribute to cradle of Kumbh –Holy River Ganga (Ganges). Please don’t throw used materials in the river.
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