The world famous ancient spiritual, religious, auspicious gathering, the ritualistic event - the Indian Kumbh Mela, is one of its kind. The Kumbh Mela is the world’s largest gathering. The number of people attending the Kumbh Mela keeps increasing in every new following-next subsequent Kumbh Mela. Kumbh literally means nectar.
In 2019, the Kumbh Mela event is from the 15th of January to the 4th of March. This started at the event of Makar Sankranti i.e. 15 January and ends at Maha Shivratri i.e. 4th March. This particular Kumbh Mela is called the Ardh Kumbh Mela.
The Kumbh Mela gathering is much larger than any other event in any form, in history or to date, such as, like FIFA, Cricket World Cup, Mecca pilgrimage, Arba’een or Karbala pilgrimage, Pope-Papal gathering, music events-concerts, political rallies’ gatherings, revolutionary gatherings, RIO New Year’s etc. The Kumbh Mela of 2019 Is expected to have more than 150 million or 15 crore visitors in Prayagraj. On a single day, a record 10 million or 1 crore people are said to have taken the holy dip.
Perhaps the highest spend for an event in the world, the Kumbh Mela is one of the highest costing events. The Government is expected to spend hundreds of crores for the event. The State Government is said to have earmarked Rs. 4,200 crores for the Kumbh Mela 2019. The Kumbh Mela also proves a mega revenue generator in the period, such as for the travel industry, transportation, logistics, hospitality, security, FMCG products, F&B, medical tourism etc.
The visitors at the Kumbh Mela include people from all walks of life. The visitors include pilgrims, Sages, Gurus, Priests, religious leaders, religious teachers, Yoga personnel, scholars, meditation seekers, historians, researchers, Astrologers, Indian and international tourists etc. A visitor could be visiting the Kumbh Mela for a single day e.g. for just a visit or a dip in the river, or for days, weeks or 2 months or so.
There are different kinds of Kumbh Melas. The largest event takes place every 144 years (12 x 12 years), and yet the other large ones take place every 12 years, and others in 3 years. Prayagraj is the meeting point of two sacred rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna, called Sangam. However, the Kumbh Mela takes place every year in one of the 4 locations, Haridwar, Prayagraj, Nasik, and Ujjain.
Kumbh Mela involves mainly the goal of a pilgrim to take a holy dip in the sacred river. The sacred rivers’ water is said to cure diseases, wash off a person’s sins, bring purity, auspiciousness, eternal blessings etc.
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(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-03-04 12:19:28 )
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