Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik takes place every 12 years. The Ardh Kumbh Mela takes place every 6 months at Haridwar and Allahabad. After every 12 Purna Kumbha Melas, the Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated.
The Simhastha Kumbh Mela in 2015 took place at Ujjain from April to May on the banks of river Shipra. More than 75 million people attended the month-long Kumbh Mela to take a dip in the river.
Important dates of 2016 Kumbh Mela:
22nd April - Purnima First Shahi Snan (Royal Holy Dip)
03rd May - Vratparv Vauthini Ekadashi
06th May - Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya (First Pramukh Snan)
09th May - Shukla/Akshey Tritya (Second Pramukh Snan)
11th May - Shukla Panchami
15th May - Vrishabh Sankranti
17th May - Ekadashi & Pradosh Snan
19th May - Pradosh
20th May - Nursingh Jayanti
21th May - Purnima Main Shahi Snan
The Kumbh Mela was held at Nasik from July to August. The government approved Rs. 2297 crore for Kumbh Mela 2015. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hoisted the ceremonial flag. It is said that 100 million people witnessed at a stretch of 40 days in 2015 Kumbh Mela.
Nasik Kumbh Mela Schedule of Events:
14th July - Flag hoisting of the main ceremony at Ram Kunda
14th August - Flag hoisting of the Akhara at Sadhugram
26th August - Shravan Shudha- First Snan
29th August - Shravan Purnima - First Shahi Snan at Ram Kunda
13th September - Bhadrapad Amavasya - Second Shahi Snan/ Main bathing day
18th September - Bhadrapad Shukla Panchmi (Rushipanchami) - Third Shahi Snan
25th September - Bhadrapad Shukla Dwadashi - Vaman Dwadashi Snan
It began on January 2013 in Allahabad on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. Allahabad hosted Maha Kumbh Mela drew more than 120 million people. It is said it was spent Rs. 1,017.37 crore for the Mela.
Bathing dates were as below:
27th January - Paush Purnima
6th February - Ekadashi Snan
10th February - Mauni Amavasya Snan
15th February - Basant Panchami Snan
17th February - Ratha Saptami Snan
18th February - Bhishma Ekadasi Snan
25th February - Maghi Purnima Snan
It began on Makar Sankranti, 14 January 2010 to 28 April 2010 in Haridwar. It is said that approximately 40 million people bathed in the Ganges river in Kumbh Mela 2010.
Bathing dates were as follows:
14th January - Makar Sankranti Snan - First Snan (bath)
15th January - Mauni Amavasya and Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) - Second Snan
20th January - Basant Panchmi Snan - Third snan
30th January - Magh Purnima Snan - Fourth Snan
12th February - Maha Shivratri - Pratham Shahi Snan - First Royal Bath
15th March - Somvati Amavasya - Dvitya Shahi Snan - Second Royal Bath
24th March - Ram Navmi - Fifth Snan
30th March - Chaitra Purnima Snan
14th April - Baisakhi - Pramukh Shahi Snan - Main Royal Bath
28th April - Shakh Purnima - Snan
On the bank of Triveni Sangam at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Kumbh Mela took place in the month of January. Allahabad Kumbh is also known as ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’. The records say that 2007 Kumbh Mela at Allahabad expected around 90 million people during the period of January 3 to February 16.
Bathing Dates for Allahabad Ardh Kumbh 2007:
3rd January - Paush Purnima
14th January - Makar Sankranti
19th January - Mauni Amavasya
23rd January - Basant Panchami
2nd February - Maghi Purnima
16th February - Mahashivratri
2004 Simhastha Kumbh Mela took place in Ujjain from April to May. The gathering held in 2004 drew around 2 crore devotees which cost Rs. 262 crore. The Kumbh Mela in Ujjain occurs when the Jupiter is in Leo. On the banks of River Shipra, thousands of believers visited this sacred place to take a dip in the river water.
Five Auspicious Bathing Days:
05th April - Purnima
19th April - Krishna Amavasya
22nd April - Shukla Tritiya
24th April - Shukla Panchami
4th May - Shahi Snan Purnima
Kumbh Mela at Nasik held from July 27 to Sept 7, 2003. Devotees took a dip in the Godavari river.
Important dates of Kumbh Mela 2003:
08th August - Shravan Shuddha Pratham Snan at Nashik
12th August - Shravan Shuddha Poornima ( Full Moon ) Pratham Snan at Trimbakeshwar
27th August - Maha Parva - Dwitiya Snan at Nashik
27th August - Maha Parva - Bhadrapad Krushna Amavasya Dwitiya Snan at Trimbakeshwar
1st September - Maha Parva - Bhadrapad, Rishi Panchami Dwitiya Snan at Nashik
7th September - Bhadrapad Shukla, Vaman Dwadashi Tritiya Snan at Trimbakeshwar
27th August - Kumbh Mela Samapti (End of the Kumbh Mela) Trimbakeshwar & Nashik
The celebration was held at Allahabad on the banks of Ganges. In 2001, around 60 million people were estimated to visit the festival. The important bathing date was on Maha Sankranti, 14th January. The government was earmarked Rs. 1.5 billion for the 2001 Kumbh festival.
The important dates were as follows:
9th January - Paush Purnima
14th January - Makar Sankranti
24th January - Shahi Snan Mauni Amavasya
29th January - Vasant Panchmi
8th February - Magh Purnima
21st February - Maha Shivaratri
The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar attracted 25 million devotees. On the single day of April 14 which was the last important bathing day, 10 million people took a dip in the holy River Ganga.
Special bathind dates:
14th January - Makar Sankranti
1st February - Basant Panchami
11th February - Magh Purnima
25th February - Mahashivratri
28th March - Chaitra Amavasya (2nd Shahi Snan)
28 / 29th March - Nav Samvatsar 20.0.
05th April - Ramnavmi
13th April - Vaisakhi
14th April - Mesha Sankranti (Main Bathing Day)
26th April - Vaishakh Amavasya
29th April - Akshaya Tritiya
Around 20 million pilgrims took a holy dip in the river Ganga. The Ardh Kumbh Mela at Allahabad celebrated from January 30, this occurs every six years in the interval of 12 years.
As the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign was held after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in the year 1992. The Ujjain Simhastha Kumbh Mela was the most famous of all the Kumbh Mela because of the campaign. It was held on the banks of River Shipra witnessed by more than 10 million people.
In 1989, Kumbh Mela started from February to April on the banks of Sangam. Over 15 million people took a dip in the river and witnessed this sacred festival.
2019 - Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (Starts from 15th January to 04th March)
2022 - Kumbh Mela in Haridwar
2025 - Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad
2027 - Kumbh Mela in Nashik