Interestings facts about Kumbh Mela
– Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gatherings in the world which is also known as “World’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims”.
– The first written evidence of the Kumbh Mela is mentioned in Bhagvat Purana. Another written evidence of Kumbh Mela is mentioned in the works of Chinese traveller Huen Tsang ( or Xuanzang) who visited India in 629-645 AD, during the reign of Harshavardhana. Also, about the samundra manthan is also mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu Purana, Mahabharata and Ramayana.
– Amongst the four cities Prayagraj, Nashik, Haridwar and Ujjain, the Kumbh Mela held in Prayagraj is the oldest of all.
– Other activities also took place at the Kumbh Mela with bathing are Pravachan, Kirtan and Maha Prasad.
– No doubt, Kumbh Mela is a major temporary source of earning that gives many people employment.
– In Kumbh Mela, the first bath is lead by the Saints which is known as Shahi Snan of Kumbh and it starts at 3 AM. After the royal bath of the Saint’s common people get permission to take bath in the holy river.
– According to Hindu Mythology, it is believed that who take a dip in the holy water of Ganga they are eternally blessed. Not only this, it also washes the sin and moves them towards the path of salvation.
– The four places or sites of Kumbh Mela is because of the Amrit or an immortal drink that was dropped by Vishnu at these four places.
– The world’s largest gathering Kumbh mela has been included in the UNESCO’s representative list ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.
– Kumbh Mela takes place on the dates when the nectar is said to have fallen in the holy river. Every year, the dates are calculated according to the combination of Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon’s zodiac positions.
– Kumbh means ‘nectar’. Kumbh Mela story dates back to the time when gods resided on the earth. They had been weakened by the curse of sage Durvasa and the demons were causing mayhem on the earth.
So, this is the whole story behind the Kumbh Mela and who started it, why and when it is celebrated with some interesting points.