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Hindus from the entire world celebrate almost every festival with full enthusiasm and zeal. These festivals have different purposes for celebration; such as purifying the soul, meeting loved ones and some offer a plethora of spirituality.

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is one of the events celebrated with great passion and spiritual devotion. Kumbh Mela takes place at four different locations such as Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik. Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years while Ardh Kumbh Mela is held in 6 years at the same spot.

Pilgrims from all over the world are attracted as they have the chance to liberate their sins.

Where Does Kumbh Mela Happens?

Kumbh Mela is celebrated at four Hindu religious places on a 12-year basis.

Following are those places:

  • Nashik(Maharashtra).
  • Haridwar(Uttarakhand).
  • Ujjain(Madhya Pradesh).
  • Prayagraj(Uttar Pradesh).

In the upcoming year 2021, Kumbh Mela is all set to be celebrated at Haridwar.

How To Reach Haridwar, Uttarakhand?

Haridwar is well connected by Rail, Road and Air with major Indian cities. Reaching Haridwar is quite easy from every part of India.

By Car : 

To reach Haridwar by car, Delhi should be your first destination. The best connectivity to reach Haridwar is from Delhi. Also, there are various cab booking services available.

By Flight  : 

The nearest airport Haridwar has is in Dehradun i.e Jolly Grant Airport(45Km from Haridwar). Flying saves your time and also you avoid road traffic.

Another option is Delhi Airport, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

By Train : 

If you are opting to travel by train, Haridwar is indeed a railway station connected with every station to its surrounding. Just book tickets from your own hometown.

Haridwar Kumbh Schedule: Shahi Snan Dates (Royal Bathing)

January 14th – April 27th 2021.

Makar Sankranti Snan

Mauni Amavasya (Snan)

Basant Panchami (Snan)

Magh Poornima

Maha Shivratri (Shahi Snan)

Somvati Amavasya (Shahi Snan)

Baisakhi (Shahi Snan)

Ram Navami (Snan)

Chaitra Purnima (Shahi Snan)

14 January 2021.

11 February 2021.

16 February 2021.

27 February 2021.

11 March 2021.

12 April 2021.

14 April 2021.

21 April 2021.

27 April 2021.

Rituals Performed at the Kumbh:

The main focusing ritual in Kumbh Mela is the bath. It is believed that submerging yourself completely in water will help to vanish the sins performed by you and your ancestors.

After bathing, pilgrims worship by the river.

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Reasons to Visit Kumbh 2021:

  • Witness the largest human gathering.
  • Experience the serenity of Haridwar.
  • The sacred bath.
  • Spend days there in tents.
  • Encounter Peace.
  • Submerge on the path to find self.
  • Experience the spectacle.

History Behind Kumbh Mela :

Kumbh Mela Shahi Snan

Kumbh Mela is originated from two words, “Kumbh” and “Mela”. The name Kumbh has resulted from the immortal pot of nectar.

It is believed that Demons and Devtas were constantly fighting over this pot of nectar. Mela simply means gathering. The pot was concealed by the Devtas ensuring its safety on Brahaspati, Surya, Shani, and Chandra. The Demons followed the Devtas for several days. During this course, drops of the nectar dropped over four places namely Nashik, Haridwar, Ujjain and Prayagraj.

The battle continued for 12 days meaning 12 years. These four places are believed to be sacred and have mystical powers. Kumbh Mela is celebrated at these four places. According to the ancient, the water in the river turns into Amrit. It is believed that if you have a bath in those rivers your soul will be purified.

Meet the Naga Sadhus :

Whenever We hear about Kumbh Mela, Naga Sadhus are the first to arrive. Over the year the names are completely joined that it is impossible to separate the names. Naga Sadhus have completely left all the wealth of nature and live a simple life.

Handy Tips to Remember:

Har ki Pauri - Haridwar Kumbh

  • Be mentally prepared to face the crowd.
  • Wear clothes that can easily be identified in a crowd.
  • Wear comfy shoes as a lot of walking is a part of the ritual.
  • Carry hat/sunglasses so save yourself from the hot glazing sun.
  • Be alert as there can be chances of thievery.
  • Carry some cash with you, which later can be used in emergencies.
  • Be hydrated.
  • Make sure you are near your partners.

FAQs About Kumbh Mela 2021:

How safe is Haridwar for foreigners?

  • Haridwar is visited by quite a big number of foreigners every year. Foreigners are well treated and valued at Kumbh too. So yes, Haridwar is all safe for foreigners.

What are various accommodation facilities available for devotees attending Kumbh?

  • Devotees have to themselves arrange their stay in Haridwar for the days Kumbh Mela is going on. A wide range of Hotels, Dharamshalas(community stay) are available but due to high demand in those days, it is advised to book your stay well in advance.

Take Away:

Plan your trip to Haridwar Kumbh 2021 well advance as the number of devotees visiting is huge. Do experience this “Spiritual Kumbh Mela” at Haridwar with your near and dear once and feel the positive energy, fun and rejuvenate the inner self.

Further Reads: Top 10 Places To Visit In Haridwar, Uttarakhand

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Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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