Kumbh Mela traditionally refers to a gathering of devotees, however, it is much more than a meeting or a fair. It is a festival, a cultural retreat, a celebration of life over death, virtue over sins and it is a festive celebration of divinity and spirituality. While one cannot be a follower of mythology or religion, Prayagraj Kumbh Mela is an experience that goes beyond the realm of religion and belief. Only the sight of millions of devotees who seek the holy blessing gives them a sense of the diversity of culture and beliefs. This religious and cultural event was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2017 for its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. While the Indians know quite a bit about Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, it is time for international travelers to witness the cultural retreat on such a massive scale.
While Kumbh Mela happens every 12 years, there is Ardh Kumbh that happens every 6 years. The meaning of this Hindu Mela and the mythological history go back to the time when Deva (demigods) and Asuras (demons) gave themselves to a battle. Lord Indra had offended the sage Durvasa and the demigods lost all their powers. The demigods seeking help came to Vishnu, who made a deal … Travel More