Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims began to gather on Monday, January 14, 2013 in the Indian city of Allahabad for the Maha Kumbh Mela - the world's biggest religious festival - that occurs every 12 years in this holy place in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A hundred million people are expected to visit the Maha Kumbh during the next 55 days - a number close to visitor count of the previous Maha Kumbh Mela, which was held in 2001. Read Full Article...
Important Bathing Dates for the Maha Kumbh Mela 2013:
- Starts on Makar Sankranti - January 14
- Paush Purnima - January 27
- Mauni Amavasya - February 10
- Basant Panchami - February 15
- Ends on Maha Shivratri - March 10
The tradition of collective worship gave rise to massive fairs such as the "Kumbh" which means "pitcher" (Sanskrit). Millions of people from around the world congregate at the confluence, also known as Sangam or Prayag, to bathe in the icy waters of the holy rivers during this mammoth Hindu festival. The Kumbh, Ardha Kumbh, and Poorna Kumbh or Maha Kumbh are the titles given to the fairs held at in the Indian cities of Haridwar (Uttaranchal), Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) and Nashik (Maharashtra). The planetary positions of the Sun, the Moon and the Jupiter decide the place where Kumbh would be held. Read more about the various Kumbh Melas.