Yes, the dates are announced and the UP government also started working to establish complete tent city to host you at Kumbh mela 2019 at Prayagraj, Allahabad. Before we start sharing more information about schedule, where to stay and other useful information, let be brief you take you through the Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019.
About The Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj
With preparations in full swing, Allahabad city (in Uttar Pradesh State of India) also called as Prayag is getting ready to host the auspicious gathering of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 scheduled to be held in the year 2019. As per the astrological signs, the ardh kumbh mela will be held on date January 14th, 2019 to March 4th, 2019. This will be the period when one can watch sadhus draped in saffron and wash of your sins dipping in the water at the confluence of Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. During this almost a two-month long celebration certain prominent activities include taking a dip in the holy river, feeding the saints and witnessing the Maha Aarti. Besides this, the government had made sure to make the event more entertaining by organizing many cultural dance performances, yoga sessions and much more. Though any day during this period is as auspicious as it should be for a holy bath but certain dates hold more significance for this ritual the schedule for which can be found on Uttar Pradesh Tourism Site.
Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 Main Bathing (Snan) Dates
|15th January 2019||Tuesday||Makar Sankranti [1st shahi Snan (Royal Bath)]|
|21st January 2019||Monday||Paush Purnima|
|4th February 2019||Monday||Mauni Amavasya [2nd Shahi Snan (Main Royal Bath )]|
|10th February 2019||Sunday||Basant Panchami [3rd shahi Snan (Royal Bath)]|
|19th February 2019||Tuesday||Maghi Poornima|
|4th March 2019||Monday||Maha Shivratri|
What already is a grand celebration will this time be even more grandeur and the UP state government has turned up all game to reach out and touch the heart of all its visitors. So, get ready to see things happening for the first time like a birds-eye view of the city as you take a helicopter ride or touring over the river Ganga in special ferries running between Allahabad and Varanasi. Also, you get to enjoy some adventure sports like zip lining over the confluence of the rivers, jet ski and much more that will lure you to have a fun-filled religious trip to The Kumbh Mela 2019.
What Is Kumbh Mela and Where it is held?
Kumbh Mela is a state government initiative to highlight the Indian heritage and spread the message across the world. Kumbh Mela is highly significant amongst Hindu Pilgrimage and marks the importance of taking a dip in the holy water of the rivers namely Ganges, Yamuna, Saraswati and Godavari.
The Mela is held at four locations in rotation across India which according to the Hindu mythology are the very points where the drops of Amrita (drink of mortality) dropped from the Kumbha (pot) while Lord Vishnu was transporting it. The Mela takes place on the banks of river in Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain and the gathering so huge that it is crowned as one of the world’s largest religious gathering of pilgrims (Gangasagar Mela being the 2nd largest). The Ardh Kumbh Mela, is an event held in six years of gap that is between two purna kumbh mela Prayag and Haridwar. The kumbh mela (also known as purna kumbh mela) takes place once every twelve years at any given place and the exact date for which is determined as per Vikram Samvat calendar and astrologically according to the positions of Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon.
Where to Stay at Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayag?
The government of Uttar Pradesh has arranged for a setup of 6000 camps on the grounds of the holy city of Allahabad. This tent city is divided into 12 blocks and each block has options for the pilgrims to choose from dorms to luxury tents. Few blocks (A1, A2, B2A, B2B) of this tent city are operated and managed by Vedic Tent City, serving premium quality of tents to the pilgrims. Along with the stay, the guest are served complimentary services like walking tours of the mela, segway rides within the vedic tent city, maha aarti and much more.
The Legends about the Kumbh and the Sadhus
The legend behind the Kumbh mela takes us back into the medieval Hindu mythology. Though there are no strong ties to these legends but the origin of the festival is linked to ancient samudra manthan (churning of the ocean). The legends talk about the battle for the kumbha (pot) of Amrita between the Devas and Asuras to prevent which a carrier flew away with the pot. Now, the truth lies unclear weather that carrier was a divine physician Dhanvantari who stopped at four places where the kumbh mela is organized or was it the Garuda who spills the Amrita at these four places. Since, there is no mention about the Amrita or the kumbh mela itself, there truth still resides in the mysteries of the past.
Sadhus, a highlight of the visual sights one would have all through the day as far as the eyes can see. Draped in the saffron these sadhus with long hairs and beard giving them a distinct look can be spot anywhere in the town. From dusk to dawn they will be a common sight. Don’t be shocked if you spot them roaming around naked with Bhabhuti (holy ash) all over their body. These are the Naga Baba and it’s their way of devoting their faith to Lord Shiva.
With this, let’s end up this, hopefully intriguing, read and wish you make it to the grand celebrations of Kumbh Mela 2019. Have a spiritual time with some fun sprinkled over it.
Image source: https://kumbh.gov.in/