Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is the biggest Hindu pilgrimage festival in India. Millions of heads come from around each corner of the globe to dive into the serenity of the festival.
Kumbh Mela takes place between four river-bank pilgrimage sites:
1. Haridwar (Ganges)
2. Prayag or Prayagraj (Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers confluence)
3. Nashik (Godavari)
4. Ujjain (Shipra)
The festival marks by a holy ritual of taking a dip into the sacred river. The adherents believe that bathing in these rivers will lead them to attain prāyaścitta (penance) from past mistakes and cleanse all their sins.
Watch this video to experience every bit of the essence of the Kumbh Mela festival:
Kumbh Mela is not only a pilgrimage festival but a celebration of community trade with copious fairs, education, religious speeches of saints, and an entertainment spectacle. On this day, mass feedings of monks and the poor also take place.
This year the major pilgrimage will be held at Haridwar in February. Be the witness of this significant festival, which will be a lifetime experience for one.
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