What started as a small gathering of a limited number of saints and yogis, has now become to be known as the “world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims”. Kumbh Mela, widely popular for its grandeur and zealous devotees is a spiritual gathering that takes place four times every 12 years at four holy places of India namely, Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayagraj), Ujjain, and Nashik. Every time it witnesses millions of pilgrims, along with sadhus and different akharas, coming together to take a dip in the Ganges. Moreover, this event has been engraved on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
demons got greedy and tried to take the ‘Kumbh’ (pitcher) of ‘Amrita’ with them. This led to a battle between the two and the ‘Amrita’ fell on the four holy rivers, Kshipra in Ujjain, the Godavari in Nashik, Ganga in Haridwar, and Sangam in Prayagraj. And from then on, every 12 years Maha Kumbh takes place at these 4 significant sites in rotation, and herds of sadhus flood the holy sites to become a part of the most euphoric religious event in India.
April 1. However, many people arrived in Haridwar days before.