Kumbh Mela is held at 4 different places and 4 times in 12 years, which means every 4th year Kumbh Mela is celebrated. Not only Hindus from India attend this great festival but also people from foreign countries take part in this event. A large number of Sages and ascetics dressed in saffron attires attend the Kumbh Mela, which is the most interesting fact of this festival. There 5 different types of Kumbh Mela celebrated according to the constellations.


Maha Kumbh Mela

Maha Kumbh is held once in a lifetime only in Prayag (Allahabad). This occurs in every 144 years or after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas. Millions of devotees attend this Maha Kumbh Mela to take a dip in the holy water. It is said that Lord Brahma has proclaimed that taking a bath in the holy water of the Ganges will release humans from their sins. It is also believed that taking bath during Maha Kumbh can wash out theirs and their ancestors back to 88th generations from all evils and sins. The last Maha Kumbh was held in 2013 and next it will be held after 144 years.

Purna Kumbh Mela

It is held every 12 years in any of these places in rotation - Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain. The Mela is organized at great level to make convenient for pilgrims. A large number of devotees gather to take bath in the holy sacred rivers during the period of Purna Kumbh Mela.

Ardh Kumbh Mela

The Ardh Kumbh Mela is celebrated once in six years which occurs two times in 12 years of Kumbh period, hence it is called as Ardh Kumbh Mela. Ardh' means 'half' and 'Mela' means 'fair'. This is held only at Allahabad and Haridwar. The last Ardh Kumbh Mela was held in 2016 in Haridwar.

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is held at Ujjain, Allahabad, Nashik, and Haridwar. Based on the planetary positions of the Sun, Moon, and Jupiter, the Kumbh Mela's place is decided to celebrate. The Mela will be organized by the state governments. Millions of pilgrims participate in the event with spiritual enthusiasm to take a dip in the holy river.

Magh (Kumbh) Mela

Hindus believe that Magh Mela takes it origin as the creation of the universe. This is held only in Allahabad annually at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati - Triveni Sangam. Magh Mela is celebrated in the Magh month of Hindu calendar (14 Jan –February end) and is also called Mini Kumbh. People who stay for there for the entire Kumbh period and spending their month in prayers are called as "Kalpvasis" and this period is called "Kalpvas".

Allahabad Kumbh Mela Bathing Dates 2019

Date (2019) Day Event
14/15th January Monday / Tuesday Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snan)
21st January Monday Paush Purnima
04th February Monday Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath -2nd Shahi Snan)
10th February Sunday Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snan)
19th February Tuesday Maghi Purnima
04th March Monday Maha Shivratri
Kumbhmela 2019