We know that faith and religion have the power to shape our lives in a way that nothing can. Devotees visit the famous Kumbh Mela, by the thousands to seek this very spirituality and faith that can take us close to salvation and free us from the earthly cycle of karma. By enduring hardship, penance, meditation and prayer, the Kumbh represents a space where millions converge to gain their freedom from suffering and pain. The Kumb finds mention in the ancient history of India and the sacred religious texts.
Kumbh Mela is predominantly a Hindu fair or pilgrimage, but people from different religions from the country and world gather to bathe in the sacred rivers. The largest religious gathering, Kumbh Mela 2019 will be celebrated at Prayagraj or Prayag from January 14th, 2019 to March 4th, 2019. Below is the table mentioning the important dates of Kumbh Mela.
Makar Sankranti (1st Shani bath) 14/15 January 2019;
Paush Purnima 21 January 2019
Mauni Amavasya (Second Shani Bath) 04 February
Basant Panchami( Third Shani bath) 10 Feb 2019
Maghi Poornima 19 Feb 2019
Maha Shivratri 04 Mar 2019
According to legend, there was a terrible war between gods and demons to attain the nectar of youth. Drops of the elixir fell at four places, making them pure and powerful Prayag, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. To gain the benefits of these spiritual powers, Kumbh Mela or fair is celebrated in each of the four places.
The Kumbh Mela is celebrated once in 3 years, Half Kumbh Mela, once in six years at Haridwar and Prayag, Full Kumbh Mela once in twelve years. The biggest fair or the Maha Kumbh happens at Prayag in Allahabad once in144 years. Out of these four places, where the fair will be held depends on the position in the zodiacs of Sun, Moon, and Jupiter(Shani) during the period.