The Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 started on 15th January at Prayagraj. We celebrate Ardh Kumbh Mela every six years at Haridwar and Prayagraj. This year we are celebrating Kumbh Mela till 4th March 2019.
Types of Kumbh Mela-
The usual Kumbh Mela is held every three years. The location alternates between four different places- Ujjain, Nashik, Prayagraj, and Haridwar.
We celebrate the Ardh Kumbh Mela every six years alternating between Haridwar and Prayagraj.
We celebrate the Purna Kumbh Mela every twelve years. The location alternates among the four cities of Ujjain, Nashik, Prayagraj, and Haridwar.
We celebrate the Maha Kumbh Mela every 144 years at Prayagraj. The last Maha Kumbh Mela was held in 2013. The next one, well, we leave the counting to you.
Snans- The most prominent ritual of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 in particular and other Kumbh Melas, in general, is snans or auspicious bathing. Sanyasis, sadhus, and devotees bathe in the holy water. The devotees and sanyasis follow an established bathing order that is followed in order to keep clashes and arguments at bay.
Parvachan, kirtans, and mahaparashadhas- The Kumbh Mela holds religious discussions, devotional singing, and distribution of food to the poor and the devotees. Devotees listen to parvachan from sadhus and participate in kirtans.
List of events in Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019-
15th January- Makar Sankranti- 1st Shahi Snan
21st January- Paush Purnima
4th February- Mauni Amavasya- 2nd Shahi Snan (Main royal bath)
10th February- Basant Panchami- 3rd Shahi Snan
19th February- Maghi Poornima
4th March- Maha Shivratri
Kumbh Mela witnesses one of the largest gatherings of people from around the world. People across India and devotees from around the world come to witness this celebration. To be a part of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019, don’t forget to book your tickets through Whitecashback and get interesting coupons on flights, trains, and bus tickets. Compare prices by visiting different travel sites conveniently from Whitecashback.
Here’s wishing you a very Happy Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 celebration.