Kumbh Mela, also known as the festival of the sacred Pitcher, is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on Earth. During the Kumbh Mela, pilgrims take a dip or bathe in a sacred river. Devotees believe that by immersing themselves in the Ganges, they will be freed from sins and liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Millions of people attend this event without receiving any invitation. Kumbh Mela is now a part of the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Kumbh Mela is said to have been established by an 8th-century philosopher, Shankara. The founding myth narrates how gods and demons fought over a pot of elixir of immortality, and drops of it fell on the Kumbh Mela’s four sites. The Kumbh Mela takes its name from the mythic pot of elixir. Additionally, Kumbh is the Hindi name for the zodiac sign Aquarius, in which Jupiter generally resides during the Haridwar Mela.

Wondering when and where is the Kumbh Mela taking place this year and how you can attend it? Wego has noted down all the information for you, keep reading to learn more!

What is the origin of Kumbh Mela?

The foundation of the Melas is based on the myth of amrit kumbh (the pitcher of nectar of immortality), churned out during the samudra manthan. Legend has it that as Lord Vishnu, disguised as Mohini, took the kumbha from the demons and carried it to the heavens, a few drops of the amrit fell on four different spots on the floor.

These spots are today known as Ujjain, Allahabad (Prayagraj), Nashik and Haridwar. The rivers flowing through these four places turned to amrit at that moment, and hence today, pilgrims bathe in them with the faith that holy waters would purge them of their sins.

The fall of the drops and the following pursuit is believed to have lasted 12 days, that is 12 human years, and that’s why the Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years at either of these four locations.

When and where is Kumbh Mela in 2025?

The dates of the Kumbh Mela are based on the Hindu lunisolar calendar and depend on the astrological positions of the sun, moon, and Jupiter.

2025 is going to be the year of Purna Kumbh.

In 2025, the Purna Kumbh Mela will be organized at Prayagraj. It will begin on 14 January and culminate on 26 February, coinciding with the celebration of Mahashivratri.

Bathing dates

The following are the most auspicious days to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganga-Yamuna-mythical Saraswati River convergence at Prayag:

  • Pratham Snana: 13 January
  • Paush Purnima: 13 January
  • Makar Sankranti: 14 January
  • Mauni Amavasya: 29 January
  • Basant Panchami: 3 February
  • Maghi Poornima: 12 February
  • Antim Snana: 26 February
  • Maha Shivratri: 26 February

How to reach Prayagraj and get around?

Prayagraj can be reached conveniently by air, rail, water, and road.

The Allahabad Airport (IXD) is the nearest airport to Prayagraj and is connected to all other metro cities in the country by Air India and IndiGo.

Allahabad Chheoki Junction and Naini Junction are the two nearest railway stations. Trains like Shiv Ganga Express from Delhi, Mahanagri Express from Mumbai, Kolkata Rajdhani from Kolkata, and Sanghamitra Express from Bengaluru regularly run to Prayagraj.

Devotees can also take a boat from Qila Ghat to the confluence point at Sangam.

State-run and private intercity buses are also easily available to Prayagraj. The Civil Lines Bus Stand is the closest to the Triveni Sangam. Devotees driving independently to Prayagraj can take the Agra-Lucknow Expressway from Delhi, NH 52 from Mumbai, NH 19 from Kolkata, or NH 44 from Bengaluru.

Once in Prayagraj, you can get around easily by your own vehicle or hired taxis, buses, and rickshaws.

The city of Prayagraj is packed with religious spots for devotees to visit.

  • visit the sacred Shringverpur temple, where Lord Rama crossed the Ganga along with Sita and Lakshman on the way to his exile.
  • learn about the legend of Bhardwajeshwar Mahadev at the Bhardwaj Ashram, established by the sage Bhardwaj. It is said that even Lord Rama had visited this ashram to seek Rishi Bhardwaj’s blessings.
  • head to ISKCON Prayagraj, a small temple complex with a Dharamshala and a Goshala, to see the beautiful Sri Radha Veni Madhava idols and do meditations.
  • pray at the 500 sq feet wide Shree Akhileshwara temple near Rasulabad Ghat road, whose foundation stones were laid by Parampoojya Swami Tejomayanandaji and Poojya Swami Subodhanandaji of Chinmaya Mission.

Where to stay in Prayagraj?

Hundreds of hotels and resorts in Prayag have prepped to accommodate lakhs of visitors for the 2023 Kumbh Mela.

From lush star hotels like Hotel Milan Palace, The Legend Hotel, and Grand Continental Hotel, to budget options like Kunjpur Guest House, Jain Mandir Dharamshala, and Mathur Vaishya Dharamshala, visitors have a wide range of places to stay at during the month of Kumbh Mela.

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