Catch the pulse, feel the beat, and experience the reverberations as each whispered prayer catches the wind to rise to heaven. As each entreaty interweaves and overlaps another, feel the motion gain momentum and the deep intensity stir in the innermost being. Experience this powerful resonance, encapsulated in a single moment by the sight, sound and emotion of millions of pilgrims gathered as one body to pray.
After 12 long years of wait, the Mahakumbh Mela is back again. Considered one of the most sacred and religious of Hindu festivals, Mahakumbh Mela is a mass gathering of believers coming together to pray and partake in ritualistic bathing. It is expected to attract an estimated 80 million devotees from across the world, making it one of the world’s largest mass pilgrimages and gatherings of people. This coming January, the Mahakumbh is coming to the holy city of Allahabad and the nearby Sangam, the point of confluence between river Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati.
Follow our special 5-day tour to Allahabad for a personal experience of Mahakumbh Mela. Click here for the detailed itinerary.
At Mahakumbh Mela
Walk amongst the devotees, boat alongside their bathing spots, and observe their daily activities, traditions and rituals. Unravel a deeper understanding of Hindu faith, as you engage pilgrims and hold special audiences with Sadhus, Hindu holy men who renounce all material possessions to live in isolation. Seek to mould your own personal experiences, as you learn the art of yoga and meditation, and come up-close to religious rituals and ceremonies. Uncover India’s deep sense of religious spirituality, and shape an intimate experience like never before.
Back to the First Mahakumbh Mela
The story goes that the first kumbh originated from an intense battle between the demigods (Devtas) and demons (Asuras) over an elixir of immortality.
Myth has it that the demigods offended Durväsä Muni, an ancient sage and incarnation of the Hindu god Shiva, and were cursed to lose their strength and material wealth. Having lost their strength and affluence, the demigods decided to seek the favour of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was pleased with the prayers of the demigods, and gave them instructions to make peace, form a temporary alliance with the demons, and churn the ocean of milk. Demigods and demons would thereafter share the fruits of labour. However, the truce broke and a fight ensued when Amrita, the nectar of immortality, was churned from the ocean. Demigods and demons fought over the Amrita for 12 days and 12 nights, during which four drops of the nectar spilled and fell in Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik and Allahabad.
These four places where the elixir fell are since believed to have acquired mystical powers. Once every 12 years (one year for every one day of battle), people flood the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar, river Kshipra in Ujjain, river Godavari in Nasik, and at the Sangam of Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati in Allahabad to partake in ritualistic bathing and ceremonial cleansing, to pray and liberate themselves from suffering and misery.
Coming this January 2013
Don’t miss this once-in-twelve-year opportunity to experience the spiritually charged atmosphere of prayer and ritual. Witness the multitudes undertaking the passage of religious rites, as they immerse themselves in the holy rivers, cleansing themselves of sin. As you look onto the millions of pilgrims, be one in heart with the devotees in whispering a silent prayer.