Kumbh Mela, also known as Kumbha Mela, is a Religious festival for Hindus that they celebrate every year. The site of observance rotates between four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers. Each site’s celebration depends on the distinct set of the astrological positions of the sun.
It is one of the biggest pilgrims of the world so here are some things you should know before you go there.
Where is the Kumbh Mela held?
They select the location of the mela based on the Hindu calendar traditions. It takes place in four areas- Nasik, Ujjain, Prayagraj, and Haridwar. You can reach the mela by train or flight or even by road.
When to visit?
There are some special occasions like the Shahi Snan when the religious sects take a bath, and millions of people gather at the River. If you want a less crowded experience, then I suggest you not go during the Shahi Snan. Allow the crowd to get in and out, and then you can go and still get the experience minus the crowd.
Where to stay?
You can stay at the Kumbh Mela dormitory or in the tents; there are many options for you to stay. On other ordinary days remaining in the city is also a good idea. Visit the mela and get away to a quieter and less crowded place. You can even get very cheap accommodation for 100 to 200 rupees. I would advise you to reach the venue in the early morning.
Crossing Over to the Mela Grounds
There are pontoon bridges that you need to cross, and as there are thousands and thousands of people, the police and the security tend to close those bridges to manage the traffic. Please do not panic. Just cooperate with them and be patient.
Hygiene & management
Kumbh Mela is one of the largest festivals for the Hindus, and you will see that the hygiene is excellent as there are several lavatories in the area, so you do not have to worry about hygiene. The grounds are also very clean, and the management team does an outstanding job managing everything. If hygiene is your biggest concern, then you need not worry about it.
Taking a Dip in the Holy Ganga
Lakhs and lakhs of people take a dip in the Ganga every day. The sewer management is also in place, and it is a mighty river, not a pond, so I wouldn’t say that it is dirty, but I cannot give full assurance about it.
Consult the official website
If you are planning on visiting the Kumbh Mela, then I suggest you consult the official website of Kumbh Mela as it has all the information required.
Going there or not is your wish and faith in it. But once you go there, I assure you that you will want to visit again.