Let’s start it from Allahabad; Maha Kumbh Mela (Fair) 2013, is billed as the greatest show and biggest gathering of pilgrims on earth that is supposed to beckon 10 million pilgrims by the end of the day and has already drawn approx 82 Lakhs people is a colossal fair of not only India but the intact world.
The event falls after every 12 years that last fell in year 2001 crowded 40 million people and comparing to the last one, this year 2013, and the numbers are going to be more than double that would break a record for the biggest human gathering. Hindus believe a festival dip will cleanse sins and help bring salvation.
Maha Kumbh Mela 2013
It’s a mass pilgrimage, in which all Hindus crosswise India in specific locations alongside the holy Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical river Saraswati take a holy bath. There appear to be three different type of Kumbh divided into few years of interval- 1- Ardh Mela (Half Mela) held after every six years, at two different set locations, 2- Purna Mela (Full) held after every 12 years.
The 2012 Kumbh Mela is a full that only ever happens after 12 Purna Kumbh every 144 years and held only at Allahabad. The fair formerly started from Monday January 14 2013, ‘Mahanirvani akhara’, along with ‘Atal akhara’ started their splendid “royal bathing procession (shahi snan)” with ‘naga’ ascetics in the forerunner.
Almost all roads leading to the grounds of Kumbh Mela are completely packed with the pilgrims. Going there with private vehicle would not be a wise act either hire a commercial vehicle to reach the four major places where Kumbh Mela has taken place- Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain ask your tour operator to lend you safely.
The Mela has its own origin in the mythology of Hindus by which it’s believed that when gods (Devtas) and Demons (Rakshas) fought over a pitcher of nectar few of the drops of the nectar fall in the Allahabad and three other major cities- Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain.
Determined by the astrological calculation, this will last for 55 days. Particularly, there suppose to be 6 auspicious days to bathe, 10th Feb to 19th Feb 2013 where the biggest day will be on 10th February when estimated 35 million people crosswise the world will take the holy bath.
Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 in Numbers
- Visitors: 80-100 million
- Number of days: 55
- Area: 20 sq km (4,932 acres)
- Drinking water: 80 million litres
- Toilets: 35,000
- Doctors: 243
- Police: 30,000
Reaching Allahabad, Maha Kumbh Mela
By Rail: Allahabad Domestic Airport and also known as Bamrauli Air Force Base, is 12 Km from the main city Allahabad and connects all the local flights.
By Rail:Allahabad is the headquarters of the North Central Railway Zone in India and having eight railway stations. All of the stations are well connected with the major cities of India like- Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad etc…