About Maha Kumbh 2013
Kumbh Mela is one of the great roving religious Hindu festivals that is celebrated with great faith through out the world. Kumbh means the Urn, so Kumbh Mela is the festival urn that pours out the nectar of immortality. Year 2013 has its religious significance as it is year of celebrating Maha Kumbh which comes after 144 years after completing 12 cycles of Kumbh Mela. It is considered to be the holiest of all. According to a mythological legend, during a waging war between God and demons for the possession of elixir of eternal life, a few drops of the nectar fallen on the four spots on this earth, which are today known as Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. It is believed that these drops of nectar gave mystical powers to these places. The normal Kumbh Mela held after every three years, while the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is held after every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad (Prayag) and the Purna Kumbh Mela takes place after every twelve years at Ujjain, Haridwar, Prayag and Nasik. All the Kumbh Mela dates and celebrations depend on specific planetary moments.
The observance of Maha Kumbh Mela has achieved international acclaim as one of the biggest act of faith where the millions of pilgrims come to participate in the holy event of Maha Kumbh with tremendous faith and reverence. More than one million people from all walks of life from all corners of the globe flock the banks of confluence of three sacred rivers, the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Allahabad which is termed as Triveni Sangam. The Maha Kumbh Mela of 2013 begins from 27th January to 25th February at Prayag/ Allahabad when Jupiter is in Aries or Taurus, Sun and Moon are in Capricorn in the Hindu month of Magha. The complete date-wise schedule of Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 is as follows:
Pilgrims from all walks of life from far off places visit here with a firm belief that their sins will be washed off in the holy waters of sacred river Ganges. The most important historical figures the Kumbh Mela is various Akhadas and their Shahi Snan. The Ghats of sacred rivers are packed with crowds of disciples, travelers and spectators from all religious faith join the individual ascetics and organizations, making the Kumbh Mela as one of the world’s largest religious gathering. Attendance at the festival sometimes reaches an estimated 10 million. People during Kumbh Mela can enjoy various sacred sites; they can spend their time listening devotional songs, watch folk dances, participate in religious discussions and do charity. One can easily reach the Allahabad by all modes of transportation as the city is well connected by all modes of transportation. Extra rail, air and bus services are provided during this time for the convenience of its guests.
- 27th January (Sunday) - Paush Purnima
- 6th February (Wednesday) - Ekadashi Snan
- 10th February (Sunday) - Mauni Amavasya Snan (Main Bathing Day)
- 15th February (Friday) - Basant Panchami Snan
- 17th February (Sunday) - Rath Saptami Snan
- 18th February (Monday) - Bhisma Ekadashi Snan
- 25th February (Monday) - Maghi Purnima Snan