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Detailed Guide of Allahabad Maha Kumbh Yatra 2019

What is Kumbh Mela?

Kumbh Mela is a grand and one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather to take bathe in a holy river. It is one of the world’s largest religious gatherings which are held after every third year at one of the four places including Ujjain, Haridwar, Allahabad and Nasik. Hence, the Kumbh Mela is organized at any one of the places in rotation every twelfth year. Moreover, half Kumbh Mela is organized at only two destination including Haridwar and Allahabad. The holy rivers at these places where the pilgrims take the holy dip are the Ganges (Ganga in Haridwar), the sangam (confluence) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and Saraswati at Allahabad, Shipra at Ujjain and the Godawari at Nasik. Tourists visit these places and take the holy dip at the above mentioned rivers so that they can wash away all the sins and attain nirvana.

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Story behind Kumbh Mela

Kumb Mela includes the word Kumbh which means pot or pitcher and Mela means festival or fair. Kumbh Mela altogether means festival of pot. Moreover, this festival specifically relates to the pot o nectar in Hindu Mythology. It is believed that the drop of nectar have fallen at the four places where Kumbh is organized including Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik and Allahabad.

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Types of Sadhus Spotted at Kumbh Mela

This largest religious gathering of the world has also been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Sadhus and other holy men are also an integral part of the Mela. Tourists and pilgrim visit this grand gathering to listen these men in order to gain spiritual enlightenment. Below is the list of various types of Sadhus.

Kumbh Mela

Nagas: These are the naked sadhus who smear their whole bodies with ash and have long hair. Moreover, constant exposure to different weather conditions makes them resistant to extreme temperatures.

Kalpvasis: These are the sadhus which remain by the river side and devote most of their time in meditation, bathing numerous times in a day and performing rituals.

Parivajakas: These are the people who have taken a vow of silence.

Urdhwavahurs: These are the ones who have emaciated their bodies from rigid spiritual practices.

Shirshasinse: They remain in the standing position and sleep with their heads resting on a vertical pole and meditate with standing on their heads.

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Akharas in Kumbh Mela

Akharas are basically the meeting place of the religious groups, it is the place where the sadhus carry out religious rituals and practices at the time of Kumbh Mela. It is said that these saints are the followers of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu and hence there are Shaivite Akharas which is dedicated to Shiva and Vaishnavite Akharas dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Major Rituals at Kumbh Mela

Major Rituals at Kumbh Mela

The main and most important ritual at Kumbh Mela is the holy bath. Hindus believe that taking the holy dip in the sacred river on the auspicious day of new moon will help them and their ancestors to wash off the sins and hence ending the cycle of rebirth. Akharas which is dedicated to Shiva and Vaishnavite Akharas dedicated to Lord Vishnu

Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad

Kumbh Mela is going to be held in Allahabad in the year 2019 in the month of January & February when the Jupiter is in Aries or Taurus and Sun and Moon are in Capricorn in the month of Magha.

Kumbh Mela 2019 Bathing Dates

Date (2019) Day Event
15th January Tuesday Makar Sankranti (1St shahi Snan)
21st January Monday Paush Purnima
4th February Monday Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan)
10th February Sunday Basant Panchami (3rd shahi Snan)
19th February Tuesday Maghi Poornima
4th March Monday Maha Shivratri

How to Reach Allahabad for Maha Kumbh Yatra

The world’s largest event ‘Kumbh Mela’ is scheduled in Allahabad in the year 2019. This event will start from 14th January 2019 to 4th March 2019. Allahabad being one of the famous Indian cities is well connected with all the major cities of India through different modes including Road, Rail and Air.

To reach Kumbh Mela by Road

Kumbh by Bus

The city of Allahabad is well connected with other major cities of India with road transport. Allahabad has multiple bus stands in the city which offers decent regional road connectivity as well as interstate links. Tourists travelling from popular cities of India can book online bus tickets to Allahabad from EaseMyTrip to make their journey smooth and easy. Moreover, tourists can also use other modes including taxis, auto rickshaws and e-rickshaws to travel within the city.

Distance of Allahabad from Some of the Major Indian Cities by Road

City Distance
Agra 431 KM
Kanpur 191 KM
Ayodhya 156 KM
Mumbai 1162 KM
Lucknow 183 KM
Kolkata 732 KM
Chennai 1385 KM
Patna 330 KM
Trivandrum 1954 KM
Delhi 582 KM
Udaipur 829 KM
Varanasi 112 KM
Jaipur 628 KM
Gorakhpur 212 KM
Mathura 476 KM
Haridwar 621 KM
Chitrakoot 104 KM
Vindhyachal 71 KM

To reach Kumbh Mela by Rail

Kumbh by train

Allahabad is the headquarters of India’s North Central Railway Zone. This city houses 8 railway stations within the city and all of them have good connectivity with cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Patna, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jaipur etc. Moreover, to reach Allahabad during the Kumbh Mela railways make small halt stations for the convenience of the pilgrims.

To reach Kumbh Mela by Air

Kumbh by Air

Allahabad has its very own domestic airport which is known as Bamrauli Air Force Base which is nestled 12 kilometers from the city center. However, the airport serves to very limited cities but at the time of Kumbh Mela the connectivity gets improved. There are other airports too which are situated close to Allahabad; including Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport (Varanasi, 150 kilometers) and Amausi International Airport (Lucknow, 200 kilometers). Both of these airports are well connected with other major cities of India, so tourists planning to visit Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in the year 2019 can opt to travel by these airports. Book cheap flight tickets at EaseMyTrip to reach Kumbh Mela comfortably.

Kumbh by Air

Dates of Next Kumbh Mela

  • 2019 Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad from 14 January to 4 March, 2019
  • 2022 Kumbh Mela in Haridwar
  • 2025 Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad
  • 2027 Kumbh Mela in Nashik

Accommodation Option during Kumbh in Allahabad

Allahabad being one of the developed Indian cities has various accommodation options which include innumerable deluxe hotels, heritage hotels, budget hotels, guest houses, dharamshalas and camps which offer a comforting stay to the travelers. However, camps are the best accommodation option during the Kumbh Mela. Below is the list of hotels, resorts and camps which one can book for Allahabad Maha Kumbh Mela.

  • Hotel Harsh Ananda – The only heritage hotel in Allahabad
  • Hotel Kanha Shyam
  • Hotel Milan Palace
  • Hotel Grand Continental
  • Hotel Kohinoor
  • Hotel Prayag Inn
  • Rahi Triveni Darshan
  • Royal Hotel

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