India is a country of dynamic cultures and festivals. People from all over the world come to India to celebrate festivals with great enthusiasm. In India, you see all religion people celebrate every festival together. There are many famous festivals in India like Holi, Diwali, etc. Along with these festivals, there is one of the most famous festivals celebrated in India is the Kumbh Mela. Maha Kumbh Mela is the world’s largest religious festival and is held every twelfth year. This festival is hosted in four prime Indian cities, namely Prayagraj, Nashik, Ujjain, and Haridwar. It is a notable event where millions of devotees gather to take a dip in the holy Triveni Sangam of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers. The taking a dip ritual is believed, to wash off all their sins, and help them attain freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth. 

Kumbh Mela Dates? 

Kumbh Mela Dates

In 2013, the Maha Kumbh Mela was held. This was the largest mela, where millions of devotees came to partake. This mela will be held next after 12 years. The next Maha Kumbh Mela will begin on 14th January 2025 with Makar Sankranti and end on 26 February 2025 with Maha Shivratri. These are the next Maha Kumbh date- 

  • 14th January- Makar Sankranti 
  • 29th January- Magh Amavasya 
  • 2 February- Basant Panchmi 
  • 26 February- Maha Shivratri 

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Things To Do In Maha Kumbh Mela

Things To Do in Maha Kumbh Mela

1. Take a Dip in the Holy Water

The Kumbh Mela was held in four cities, Prayagraj, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. All four cities have a holy river for devotees to bathe and wash off all sins. Yet, the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela has a prime significance because here three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati, combined and made Triveni Sangam. The Kumbh Mela is held for 45 days, and special bathing sessions, popular as “Shahi Snan”, are held only for a few specific days and this is the prime attraction of the Kumbh Mela. People from all over the world come to India to partake in this Maha Kumbh Mela and take a holy dip. All the devotees wake up at 3 am in the morning to take a holy dip and wash off sins.

2. Meet the Naga Sadhus

If you want to see or meet Naga Sadhus, then Kumbh Mela is the only time. They are dedicated devotees of Lord Shiva who have given up all the material things of life, including clothes, and live only to worship their lord. These Naga Sadhus are never seen in public, they present in vast numbers at the Maha Kumbh Mela places and can be seen bathing in the holy river, presenting many excellent skills with weapons, delivering religious speeches, and doing other activities. Along with Naga Sadhus, you see other holy men including Urdhawavahurs and Kalpwasi.

3. Be a Part of Katha and Kirtan

These holy men organize Katha and Kirtan during the Kumbh Mela. If you like to do Kirtan then participate and listen to stories from the Indian scriptures including Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagwat Geeta. This is the best possibility to learn about the country’s ancient stories and take life lessons. You can also participate in the troop and sing bhajans and naam Jaaps.

4. Visit an Akhada

Akhada is a specific place where devotees of Lord Shiva and Vishnu do religious practices and hence named Shaivite (Shiva followers), and Vaishnavite (Vishnu Followers). You can discover more about these groups and capture them while conducting religious practices. Along with this, you can listen to the speeches delivered by holy men and acquire spiritual attainment. All the holy men like Nagas, Urdhwavahurs, Kalpvasis, Shirshasinse, and Parivajakash have their own Akhadas.

5. Visit the Ancient City Temples

Once the holy people complete the rituals at the Kumbh Mela, all the rest of the day you explore the city and visit some of the famous attractions. All four prime cities have ancient temples, ghats, forts, museums, and more to visit. There are many ancient temples in Ujjain, Haridwar and Nashik. So you can explore all these temples during your Maha Kumbh Mela 2025 visit.

6. Participate in Cultural Events

At the Kumbh Mela, cultural events are a vital part that let the devotees soak in the Indian culture and traditions. During the entire 45 days of the festival, devotees present their talent in different ways like singing, dancing, etc. In this Kumbh Mela, well-known artists come from all over the world to participate in these events and perform live. There are some other events like Kavi Sammelan, dance performances, and performing in this Mela for devotees. 

How To Reach The Maha Kumbh Mela? 

How To Reach The Maha Kumbh Mela

All four prime cities Nashik, Ujjain, Haridwar, and Prayagraj, can be easily reached by train or flight. These are the travel options to reach Maha Kumbh Mela places.

  • Train- Nashik, Ujjain, Haridwar, and Prayagraj are all located at near the Indian Railway Network. Yet, the Indian Railways launched special trains for devotees to arrive in these holy cities from diverse parts of India. 
  • Flight- Prime airports are situated near the Kumbh Mela places, such as Bamrauli Military Base and Public Airport in Prayagraj, Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun near Haridwar, Indore Airport near Ujjain, and Ozar Airport near Nashik. These all airports are well-connected to prime Indian cities. 
  • Bus or Taxi- People who live near these holy cities take a bus or taxi to reach the Maha Kumbh Mela. Many national and state highways link these cities to other parts of India. 

If you want to take a holy dip in the Sangan or want to meet Naga sadhus, or planning to attend the Kumbh Mela 2025 then connect with Noble House Tours Pvt. Ltd. We deliver the best and most affordable Kumbh Mela packages for devotees.

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