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Kumbh Mela History

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Kumbh Mela History

The Kumbh Mela history is long indeed. The first written historical accounts of the Kumbh Mela can be found in the accounts of the Chinese traveler Huan Tsang who visited India in 629 -645 CE, but the festival has its origin in ancient Hindu mythology. According to ancient myth, the devas (demigods) had been...
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Main Bathing Dates Kumbh Mela 2013

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Main Bathing Dates Kumbh Mela 2013

The main purpose of the Kumbh Mela is to take a dip in the sangam, the holy place where three sacred rivers (the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati) meet. The main bathing dates are determined by astrologers who select the most auspicious days for pilgrims to take their dip.  It’s said that during the...
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Allahabad Information

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Allahabad Information

Where is Allahabad? Allahabad is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It is an ancient city that is mentioned (by its original name of Prayag) in The Mahabharata and The Ramayana, but today it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. According to Wikipedia, it has also been...
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Kumbh Mela Documentary: Shortcut to Nirvana

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Kumbh Mela Documentary: Shortcut to Nirvana

A good way to learn more about this festival is to watch a Kumbh Mela documentary. Short Cut To Nirvana is a Kumbh Mela documentary made at the 2001 Allahabad Maha Kumbh Mela. This excellent and insightful Kumbh Mela documentary has won several awards, including Best Documentary, Audience Award at the Sedona International Film...
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Kumbh Mela Photos

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Kumbh Mela Photos

What’s it like to visit the Kumbh Mela? The Kumbh Mela photos in the slideshow below were taken at previous gatherings. These images were taken at the Allahabad Maha Kumbh Mela in 1989 and the Ardh Kumbh Mela in 1995. Scroll down to see more Kumbh Mela photos under the slideshow. More Kumbh Mela...
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