Kumbh Mela in India is one of the auspicious events celebrated by Hindu community and other religion as well as. Kumbh Mela, also known as Kumbha Mela, in Hinduism, a holy festival that is held four times over the course of twelve years. These Kumbh Mela site that rotates between four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers, Haridwar on the Ganges River, Ujjain on the Shipra River, Nashik on the Godavari River, and Allahabad (modern Prayagraj) at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati river. The celebration of each site is cantered on a distinct collection of astrological positions of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter. The most sacred period that happens at the exact moment when those positions are completely occupied. In particular the Kumbh Mela at Prayag draws millions of pilgrims. Prayagraj hosts a Great Kumbh Mela festival in the year of 2019 years and in this festival around 240 million participated.
Devotees at the Kumbh Mela come from all of Hindu religions, extending from sadhus (holy men), who stay nude all year round or perform the most extreme physical trainings. The religious groups from different religion, social activist groups are joined by large crowds of followers, friends, and spectators. During the most propitious moment of any Kumbh Mela, the Naga Sadhus, Akhadas, Kalpwasi orders whose members used to make their lives as mercenary soldiers and merchants always claim the holiest spots.
Kumbh Mela in India
Tradition traces the Kumbh Mela's origin to philosopher Shankara of the 8th century, who arranged regular meetings to discuss and debate learned ascetics. The Kumbh Mela's founding story, attributed to the Puranas (collections of story and legend). How the gods and demons battled over the amrita's pot (kumbha), the elixir of immortality created by their joint churning of the milky ocean. During the battle, drops of the elixir fall on the four earthly sites of Kumbh Mela, and the rivers are thought to transform back into the primordial nectar at each climatic moment, giving pilgrims the opportunity to bathe in the spirit of purity, auspiciousness, and immortality. The word Kumbh derives from this ancient elixir bowl, but it is also Aquarius ' Hindi name, the sign of the zodiac in which Jupiter resides during the Haridwar Mela.
There are four Kumbh Mela in India and Haridwar Kumbh is a world's biggest assembling on the Earth.
The next Kumbh Mela is scheduled to be held in Haridwar (a small & holi city on the bank of river Ganga). The Haridwar Kumbh Mela will start from 14th January 2021 & will lost till 27th April 2021. Millions are relied upon to go to the occasion from everywhere throughout the world. According to the Mela administration, “around 15 Crore (150 Million) people from India and abroad are expected to visit the four-month-long Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar 2021. Eminently, around 8 crore (80 Million) devotees thronged Haridwar Kumbh Mela in 2010.” (News Source- Times of India dated on 19th January 2020)
Devotee take participate in Kumbh Mela with different set of purpose & belief. Few accompany religious/spiritual mission & few accompany commercial objectives also as. Needless to mention that accommodating most are a troublesome task for authorities. On few dates during the event, quite 50 million participate & the whole area became a mini world & the population exceeds many folds as compared to normal days.