Major Attractions of Upcoming Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 Allahabadby Manish Chauhan Travel Experts at State Express
The largest gathering of Hindu devotees, Kumbh Mela holds great significance in Hindu religion. This world-famous fair is a rare spectacle of saints and sages from different parts of India who take part in the rituals, ceremonies and religious discourses being held during the festival. Regarded as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, this two-month long event is organized every twelve years in any one of the four venues Ujjain, Nasik, Allahabad, and Haridwar.
It’s a great opportunity for those who wish to be a part of this grand event which is said to end the cycle of suffering by purifying the sins committed by a person in the past lives. Here are some top attractions of thewhich should not be missed by anyone visiting the fair.
The fair generally starts early in the morning of Makar Sankranti with the holy baths in the sacred rivers. The Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 will offer a chance to take the holy bath in Triveni Sangam, which is a confluence of three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Religious devotees and saints gather at the banks of the river and proceed towards the river in groups to take the baths. The important days for taking holy dips inare Makar Sankranti, Mauni Amavasya, Paush Purnima, Basant Panchami, Maghi Purnima and Maha Shivratri.
Prayers and Rituals
The highlights of the fair are the prayers and rituals observed by sadhus and yogis from all over India which uplifts the sanctity of the place. On Mauni Amavasya, the devotees observe Maun Vrat which can last for a day, a month or a year. On days other than Mauni Amavasya, the whole atmosphere comes alive with the continuous ringing of bells and chants repeated by sadhus. The evenings turn out to be as interesting as the days, with priests performing special prayers in the temples.
Seeing the importance of Kumbh Mela for sadhus, the fair gives you a chance to see different types of sadhus belonging to different parts of India such as the Nagas, Urdhwavahurs, Kalpvasis, Shirshasinse and Parivajakash Sadhuswho come to hold discussions and discourses on Hindu religion. Sadhus belonging to each of these groups differ in the way they dress, carry out the prayers and observe their rituals. Processions are carried out by the saffron-clad sages during the fair and some sadhus come to the venue of the fair in elegantly decorated gold or silver chariots which is a sight one should not miss during the fair.
Since it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, the comfort of tourists is given prime importance during the fair. They have an option towhich are equipped with all modern facilities to meet their specific needs. During the stay, hygienic meals are provided to the guests which are included in the package. One can also try the various dishes in communal meals served to the sadhus and other visitors during the fair. The site of the tent has a police station, hospital and several stalls which were set up mainly to accommodate a large number of tourists visiting the fair. You can get to know about other facilities available on the tent site by getting in touch with your Tour operator for Kumbh Mela.
The temples are another interesting feature of Ardh Kumbh Mela. The last day of the tour takes you to the holy city Varanasi where the devouts can take holy baths in river Ganges. After this, the tourists can visit the famous temples of Varanasi to offer prayers. Check with your tour operator to inquire about excursions to Varanasi in. The place has great significance in ancient Hindu religion and is one of the top Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world.
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