KUMBH - The Largest Peaceful Congregation Of Humanity!
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Kumbh is a symbol of peace and harmony amongst all human beings. The Kumbh Mela has been inscribed on the list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2017. This reflects the significance of Kumbh worldwide. Kumbh at Prayagraj encapsulates the science of astronomy, astrology, spirituality, ritualistic traditions, social and cultural customs and practices making it extremely rich in knowledge.
Kumbh Mela, in Hinduism, is a religious pilgrimage that is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years. The geographical location of Kumbh Mela spans over four locations in India and the Mela site keeps rotating between one of the four pilgrimages on four sacred rivers as listed below:
Haridwar on the Ganges in Uttarakhand
Ujjain on the Shipra in Madhya Pradesh
Nashik on the Godavari in Maharashtra
Prayagraj at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati in Uttar Pradesh
Each site’s celebration is based on a distinct set of astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon, and the Jupiter. The celebrations occur at the exact moment when these positions are fully occupied, as it is considered to be the holiest time in Hinduism. The Kumbh Mela is an event that intrinsically encapsulates the science of astronomy, astrology, spirituality, ritualistic traditions, and socio-cultural customs and practices, making it extremely rich in knowledge.
Pilgrims to the Kumbh Mela come from all sections of the religion ranging from Sadhus (saints) and Naga Sadhus who practice ‘sadhana’ and keenly follow a strict path of spiritual discipline, to Hermits who leave their seclusion and come to visit the civilization only during the Kumbh Mela, to seekers of spirituality, and to common people practicing Hinduism.
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Travel Light and carry medicines if advised by the doctor
Be aware of the facilities like Hospitals, Food, and Emergency Services etc.
Know emergency contact numbers
Use only the Bathing areas/ Ghats that are authorized by the Mela administration
Use toilets and urinals available
Use dustbins for disposal of Waste
Use signage for way finding
Use parking spots for parking of vehicles and follow traffic rules
Use the Bathing Ghats nearest to place of stay in Mela area or the city
Inform the Police or Mela Administration if any unidentified or suspicious object is found
Follow the rules, regulations and instructions given through the Public Addressal System or any other mode
Cooperate with the Departments involved in organizing the Mela
Be attentive towards your belongings and Use Lost and Found Centres for loss of beloved and belongings
While making any travel plans, include enough buffer time
Don’t carry valuables, unnecessary food and clothing
Don’t trust strangers, don’t eat at unauthorised places
Don’t attract unnecessary conflicts by provoking peers
Don’t venture into the river beyond permissible limits
Don’t pollute the rivers by using soaps, detergents for cleaning/ washing purpose or by throwing Pujan Samagri
Don’t be in crowded places if suffering from contagious disease
Don’t use plastic bags in the city and mela area during the Kumbh Mela
Don’t defecate in the open
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