Kumbh Mela 2021: People in India believe in various traditions, cultures and are very much into godliness. They follow any different ways to express their love, divinity towards god. Some of them observe fast, some of them pray while sitting in front of the sacred fire known as “Yagya”, while some believe that bathing in the holy water at religious shrines will bring them ‘Moksha’ or ‘Mukti’. And with this belief of getting Moksha, tons of people visit an auspicious Kumbh Mela to take a dip in the holy water of Ganga.
Kumbh Mela pilgrimage is an important festival which is being observed since the past 12 years.
The meaning of Kumbh is actually a pot or pitcher, and Mela means a fair. Accordingly, Kumbh Mela implies a celebration of the pot, especially relating to the pool of nectar as per the Hindu Mythology. This article will further gab on the History of Kumbh Mela, its significance, Dates for Kumbh Mela 2021, and other important information concerning this.
History of Kumbh Mela:
The history of Kumbh Mela goes back to the days when Devtas(or the gods) were deprived of their powers. So the Devtas and Asuras(or the demons) came together to whisk the ancient ocean of milk to get “Amrit”, the nectar of immortality. They decided to share the nectar equally amongst them, but unfortunately, both the Devas and Asuras could not get into an agreement and fought with each other for 12 years. Meanwhile, Garuda, the celestial bird flew away with the Kumbh carrying the nectar. It is believed that the drops of holy nectar fell on four prime places, where Kumbh Mela is celebrated nowadays. Those four exceptional places were, Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Uttrakhand(Uttar Pradesh), Nashik(Maharashtra), Ujjain(Madhya Pradesh).
The Kumbh Mela especially takes places at conjunctions of Holy Ganges, Yamuna and the mythological Saraswati in Prayag, which is known as Sangam.
Kumbh Mela Dates, 2021:
Some of the important dates for Kumbh Mela 2021 and the bathing schedule are listed below:
January 14, 2021 - Makar Sankranti
February 11, 2021 - Mauni Amavasya
February 16, 2021 - Basant Panchmi
February 27, 2021 - Maghi Poornima
March 11, 2021 - Maha Shivratri (the first ‘Shahi Snan’- The Royal Bath)
April 12, 2021 - Somvati Amavasya (the second ‘Shahi Snan’)
April 14, 2021 - Baisakhi (the third ‘Shahi Snan’)
April 27, 2021 - Chaitra Purnima (the fourth ‘Shahi Snan’)
Kumbh Mela timing and rituals of holy bath:
The Hindi clique believes that taking a bath in the holy water of Sangam is the most essential ritual amongst all. Submersing themselves into the sacred water and taking a dip on the auspicious day of the new moon, pilgrims start lining themselves up at 3 am on the bathe day.
It is often believed that following this ritual will vindicate all their sins and put an end to this cycle of birth and death, providing them Moksha.
Covid-19 guidelines for Kumbh Mela, 2021:
Following this pandemic, the Government has imposed many restrictions on the gathering for Kumbh Mela. As per the guidelines, all the 107 bathing ghats will be divided into colour-coded zones as per the vulnerability.
Pilgrims who want to take the holy dip on any of the Shahi Snans dates have to make an online booking in advance and get an e-pass for entry. Moreover, pilgrims will be allowed to spend only a few minutes in the water in designated areas.
Plus, there will be GIS mapping done in the entire area, to ensure that the crowd at any particular area doesn’t increase the permissible limit. If this happens, the control room will be alerted, and the security teams will assess the crowds accordingly.