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 with the demons to beat the ocean of milk and obtain the nectar of immortality. Upon receiving the nectar, Vishnu gave the nectar to Garuda to return it to heaven. While returning to heaven, Garuda was stopped by demons and a fight broke out that lasted 12 days of demigods, that is, 12 human years. To save the nectar, Garuda was forced to place the Kumbh of nectar in Prayag, Ujjain, Nashik and Haridwar. Therefore, each of the reason specified to visit kumbh is fascinating in nature.
Its divine intervention for the religious soul is what helps one heal. It is accompanied by millions of devotees chanting hindi prayers to their maximum capacity to give themselves the energy to continue with the processions. Prayag also known as sangam is one of the most grand convergence of 3 rivers which are said to be very holy in our country. The rivers are ganga, yamuna and saraswati. It helps you witness the traquility with the picture perfect shot. Millions of devotees had been travelling to attend this auspicious event for the past 2 months on foot to reach the destination with full dedication and no external support. It is said that one can wash off all their sins with one dip in the holy water of river Ganges. This time being the purest, it helps one attain a direct ticket to heaven and wash their conscience of any dirt or misdeeds.
All in all, kumbh mela is famous among all castes and religions as one cannot themselves to explore more of whats happening in this world.