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Sep 19

Kumbh Mela 2019: What Travelers Need to Know

The Kumbh Mela is often considered the world's most massive act of faith.  It will be held in Allahabad, India from January 14 - March 4, 2019.

According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela started during a war between demigods and demons for Amrita, the nectar of immortality. While being carried in a pot by Lord Vishnu, a few drops fell in the present day towns of Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain, and Nashik. The drops sprouted mystical powers in the respective destinations; millions of believers from all stratas of society visit the Kumbh Mela and take a dip in the holy river to wash away sins and achieve liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Worshipping. Photo courtesy of AlGraChe/Flickr

At any given place, the Kumbh Mela is held once in 12 years. There is a difference of around three years between the Kumbh Melas in Haridwar and Nashik; the fairs at Nashik and Ujjain are celebrated in the same year or one year apart. The exact date is determined according to a combination of zodiac positions of Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon. Observers, participants, and devotees from across the globe descend on the Mela and a makeshift city is constructed in a grid pattern on the riverbank and then deconstructed in a matter of weeks. 

For travelers - Here are a few considerations regarding the 2019 Kumbh Mela:

TUTC and Aagman India are providing exclusive camps and luxury tents for the more discerning travelers

Daily flight service is available from Delhi - Allahabad, so you can add the Mela before or after a North India program

If visiting Varanasi, Sodha Travel can reserve a private vehicle for the 3-hour drive to Allahabad

The bathing dates are as follows:

15 January 2019 - Makar Sankranti

21 January 2019 - Paush Purnima

4 February 2019 - Mauni (Somati) Amavasya

10 February 2019 - Basant Panchami

19 February 2019 - Maghi Purnima

4 March 2019 - Maha Shivratri

Contact a Sodha Travel Destination Specialist to reserve your accommodations and services for the largest religious fair in the world!

Posted by Allison Sodha at 05:03 PM

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