Kumbh Mela 2013 India - Largest Pilgrimage Gathering

Kumbh Mela Information Guide

What is Kumbh Mela?

Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of people for a religious purpose in the world. Millions of people gather on different places for this auspicious occasion. Kumbha is a Sanskrit word for Pitcher, sometimes referred to as the Kalasha, it is also a zodiac sign in Indian astrology for Aquarius, the sign under which the festival is celebrated, while Mela means 'a gathering' or 'a meet', or simply a fair.

Different Forms of Kumbh

The literal meaning of Kumbh is "pitcher". Kumbh is the human body, it is the abdomen, and the sea, earth, sun and Vishnu are synonyms of Kumbh. The pitcher, sea, river, ponds and the well are symbols of Kumbh as the water from these places is covered from all sides. The sky has the cover of the wind, the sun covers the entire universe with its light, and the human body is covered with cells and tissues. That is why it is Kumbh. Desire, that is longing, is also Kumbh. God Vishnu is also Kumbh as He pervades the entire creation, and the creation pervades in Him.

Elemental Meaning of Kumbh

Kumbh is the confluence of all our cultures. It is the symbol of spiritual awakening. It is the eternal flow of humanity. It is the surge of rivers, forests and the ancient wisdom of the sages. It is the flow of life itself. It is the symbol of the confluence of nature and humanity. Kumbh is the source of all energy. Kumbh makes humankind realize this world and the other, sins and blessings, wisdom and ignorance, darkness and light. Holy rivers are the symbols of the lyrical flow of humanity. Rivers are indicators of the flow of water of life in the human body itself. In the human body that is an embodiment of home, nothing is possible without the five elements. The elements – fire, wind, water, earth and sky – symbolize the human body. The great sage-poet Sant Kabir has explained this sublime thought in his typical manner.

When and Where Kumbh Mela is Celebrated?

Kumbh Mela in Hinduism is celebrated four times every 12 years, the site of the observance rotating between four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers: at Haridwar on the Ganges River, at Ujjain on the Shipra, at Nasik on the Godavari, and at Prayag (Allahabad) at the confluence of the Ganges, Jamuna (popularly known as Yamuna), and the mythical River Sarasvati.

Famous ancient traveller, Hiuen Tsiang of China, was the first to mention Kumbha Mela in his diary. His diary mentions the celbration of 75 days of hindu month of Magha (January-February), which witnessed half a million devotee including sadhus, common man, rich & famous & kings.

For each site Kumbh Mela comes in every 12 years. Each site’s celebration is based on particular zodiacal positions of the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter, the holiest time occurring at the exact moment these zodiacal conditions are fulfilled. Bathing at this moment is believed to generate the greatest religious merit, but the Kumbh time is regarded as being so holy that other bathing days are designated weeks or even months before and after this climactic time.

It is considered very auspicious by taking bath in River during Kumbh Mela. Around 10 million people gathered for Kumbh Mela in 2007 with thousands for foreign tourists as well. The next Kumbh Mela is in Allahabad of Uttar Pradesh State. Check out more details here: Kumbh Mela 2013

Naga Sadhus are the most important features of Kumbh Mela are furious and exotic, covered in ash, matted hairs and are known as preserver of faith. Naga Akhadas (where naga sadhu gathers for this occasion) are the most important historical figures of Kumbha Mela. Naga sadhus are people who made their living as mercenary soldier and traders. Apart from the akhadas, attendees at the Kumbh Mela come from all sections of Hindu religious life, ranging from sadhus (holy men), who remain naked year-round or practice the most severe physical discipline, to hermits, who leave their isolation only for these pilgrimages, and even to silk-clad teachers using the latest technology.

Learn more about the myth and legend of Kumbh Mela history



Allahabad Kumbh Mela 2013 Online Bookings

Allahabad Kumbh 2013

Allahabad Kumb Mela 2013
In 2013 from 27th January the Purna Kumbh Mela will be held on Allahabad which occurs after every 12th years.
Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 in Allahabad

Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015

Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015
The Nasik Kumbhmela is a celebration that is held once every 12 years in Nashik – it is scheduled for 2015-2016.
Kumbh Mela in Nashik (Nasik) 2015

Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016

Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016
Kumbh Mela in Ujjain will be from 22 April to 21 May 2016. 'Ujjain' means the 'city of victory', situated on the banks of Shipra River. Kumb Mela 2016 in Ujjain

Haridwar Kumbh 2022

MahaKumbh Haridwar 2010
In 2022 the Maha Kumbh Mela will happen in Haridwar (Uttarakhand) on the bank of River Ganges. Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2022