About Kumbh

Essence of the Kumbh Mela


Discover Kumbh to rediscover yourself

Kumbh Mela, ever since its inception has always been the biggest and the largest events India has ever witnessed. The word ‘Mela’ means Fair but when it comes to Kumbh it is more than just fair, it is a festival indeed and is celebrated with much enthusiasm. It is not just Indian Hindus or residents but people across the globe are also drawn towards Kumbh as you can see a lot of tourists and foreign nationals come all the way to be a part it. Considered as pilgrimage in Hinduism khumb Mela is held over four times over the period of 12 years across various locations which are on the banks of holy rivers, and what makes this oldest religious gathering auspicious is the belief that bathing in these holy waters can help humans overcome their sins through which they can rediscover themselves and can find their very essence. A dip in holy water is nothing less than a blessing from heavens which has the power to transform human lives for the betterment.


Myth and Truth of Mysterious Nectar

It is the faith of people that draw them to Kumbh Mela. This very faith is believed to be backed by a short story dated to immemorial time. The word kumbh means pot, and it is believed that in search of Kumbh of Amrit or the pot of nectar of immortality the gods and devils had mutually agreed to churn the milk ocean for which the Mandara Mountain was used as a churning rod, it was also agreed that on finding the pot its nectar will be shared equally between the gods and devils. 

Initially this churning process lead to production of deadly poison which was eventually drunk by Lord Shiva without getting harmed. It was years later the pot of nectar appeared. But on finding the kumbh a war was struck between the group of gods and devils for its possession. The war lasted for over 12 days and 12 nights which is equal to 12 years for humans. This significance of 12 days and 12 nights is the reason why kumbh mela is held every 12 years. 

Further there are numerous versions of rest of the story stating that it in order to get back and safeguard the nectar from devils lord Vishnu took the avatar of Mohini and while transporting the pot to a safe place, he accidently dropped four droplets on the surface of the earth at four different places which were later considered as the scared. These four places namely-Prayagraj formely known as Allahabad has confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, banks of Ganga- Haridwar, banks of Godavari-Nasik, and Banks of kshipra-Ujjain is where Kumbh Mela is held on rotational basis. 

No matter what version of the story has been adapted by people with a belief in these sacred places and that is has make Kumbh Mela one of the biggest events of India.

Be Where the Kumbh is.

Be Where the Kumbh is.

According to the legends of Indian mythology, it is believed that during the war between the gods and devils over the kumbh of amrit or the pot of necter of immortality the four drops from the necter was dropped on the surface of Earth at four different places and now the Kumbh Mela is celebrated at these four sites on rotational basis. Also each location is selected keeping in mind the astrological factors and the positioning of the sun, the moon and the Jupiter.

1. Prayagraj

formerly known as Allahabad, it is a city situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh, it witnesses the confluence of three rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Sarawati. The Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj is said to have witnessed the largest footfall over other locations. Also as per the astrological factors, Kumbh will be held here if the Jupiter is placed in Aries or Taurus and the sun and the moon are placed in Capricorn.

2. HaridwaR

Surrounded by the holy Ganga, Haridwar, a city in the state of Uttarakand is considered an important pilgrimage by Hindus. According to astrological factors, kumbh will be held in Haridwar When the sun is placed in Aries and Jupiter is placed in Aquarius. The next Kumbh Mela 2021 will be held in Haridwar on the banks of ganges. Though the dates are yet to be confirmed but that doesn’t take away the rush and excitement from the people.


3. Nasik

Situated on the banks of river Godavari, an ancient and holy city of Nasik in the state of Maharashtra is known for its linking to Ramayana. It is known for its beautiful temples and relation to the greatest characters of mythology including Lord Ram and his wife Sita. Nasik is also one of the hosts of Kumbh Mela. As per astrological factors the Kumbh will be held in Nasik when Jupiter in placed in Leo or the Jupiter, Sun and Moon is placed in Cancer.

4. Ujjain

a city situated beside the holy river of Kshipra, Ujjain a city in state of Madhya Pradesh is considered to be one of the holiest places. Taking into consideration the astrological factors Kumbh will be held in Ujjain when Jupiter is placed in Leo and Sun is placed in Aries; or Jupiter, Sun, and Moon is placed in Libra


Types of Kumbh Mela

On the basis of its occurrence there are three types of Kumbh Melas in India.


1. The Purna Kumbh Mela

The word ‘Purna’ means complete. The purna kumbh mela takes place every 12 years at four mentioned locations.The next purna kumbh mela is scheduled in the year 2025.

2. The Ardh Kumbh Mela

The word ‘Ardh” means half. The Ardh Kumbh Mela takes place every 6 years at locations at prayagraj on confluence of-Ganga, Yamuna and sarsawati and on the banks of Ganga in Haridwar. It is said to occur between two Purna Kumbh Melas.


3. Maha Kumbh Mela

The word maha means great.The maha kumbh mela, takes place in every 144 years or else after completion of 12 purna kumbh melas. The maha Kumbh Mela is held only in Prayagraj and not at any other location. The last maha Kumbh mela was held in the year 2013 and the next will be held after 144 years

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Where is the Kumbh Mela in 2021?

The kumbh mela 2021 will be held in the holy city of Haridwar on the banks of Holy River Ganga

How to Register for hridwar Kumbh Mela 2021?

You can register your visit to Kumbh through our official Kumbh website 2021.You can visit our packages and choose the best one for yourself.

What is Ardh Kumbh Mela?

The word Ardh Means half. Ardh or half Kumbh Mela is held in every 6 years i.e between two Purna Kumbh Melas

Place to visit in hridwar During Kumbh Mela?

One of the most valued holy places of India- the city of Haridwar has a lot to explore in terms of a travel destination. Places to visit in Haridwar include- Har Ki Pauri, Maya Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Daksheswar Mahadev Temple and a lot more places.

What is Maha Kumbh Mela?

Maha Kumbh Mela or Great mela is held every 144 years or in other words it is held after completion of 12 purna melas.The last maha kumbh mela was held in the year 2013.

Is hridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 to be Eco-Friendly?

The preparation of Kumbh Mela always starts 2-3 month before it actual date of occurrence. It is because kumbh Mela attracts huge number of visitors hence Government takes up initiatives to make sure that Kumbh mela is eco friendly. The last initiatives of government include construction of 2,70,000 toilets and placement of 16000 dustbins, awareness program on proper waste management and is expected to come up with similar initiative for Haridwar Kumbh 2021.

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