Prayag,  Allahabad, India

07 January - 23 February 2001
"greatest recorded number of human beings assembled with a common purpose"
The Guinness Book of Records
Kumbh 2001, at Allahabad,India, is going to be the biggest religious and cultural congregation of the millennium. A religious and cultural congregation, which occurs once in 144 years. It is a life time opportunity for all to be a part of this mega event of cultures. religions, saints, seers, philosophers, gurus, preachers, disciples and visitors. Over 30 million people will converge at the holy confluence of rivers (Sangam )- Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible river Saraswati (symbolic of knowledge ). Bathing at  Sangam is a great spiritual experience and is believed that it relieves one from the cycle of birth and rebirth ( Moksha ), leading to salvation

History - On 06 February 1989 - an estimated fifteen million pilgrims traveled to Allahabad in India on occasion of the last Kumbh Mela. Once again, after 12 years, the Kumbh Mela of the new millennium returns to Allah bad in January 2001.

Mythology - thousands of years ago, perhaps in the Vedic period, gods and demons made a temporary agreement to work together in obtaining amrita (the nectar of immortality) from the Milky Ocean, and to share this equally. However, when the Kumbha (pot) containing the amrita appeared, the demons ran away with the pot and were chased by the gods. For twelve days and twelve nights(equivalent to twelve human years) the gods and demons fought in the sky for the possession of this pot of amrita. It is said that during the battle, drops of amrita fell on to four places : Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. Thus, Kumbh mela is observed at these four locations where the nectar fell.

Sages - saints and pilgrims started periodically to flock to each of these 'Tirthas' (holy spots) to celebrate the divine event.

Astrologically - during this battle the planets too played an important role. The Kumbh Mela takes place when the Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. This planetary position is said to medicate the waters of Ganges, and turns into nectar on these days, thereby attracting millions to purify their inner-self through holy bathing rituals.

The pilgrimage occurs four times every twelve years, once at each of the four locations.Each twelve-year cycle includes the Maha (great) Kumbh Mela at Prayag (Allahabad),attended by millions of people, making it the largest pilgrimage gathering around the world.

Kumbh is a unique event that blends religious and social features alike.Kumbh Mela is attended by millions of people on a single day. A ritual bath at a predetermined time and place is the major event of this festival.

Other activities include religious discussions, devotional singing, mass feeding of holy men,women and the poor, and religious assemblies where doctrines are debated and standardized.Kumbha Mela (especially the Maha Kumbha Mela) is the most sacred of all the Hindu pilgrimages. Thousands of holy men/women (monks, saints, sadhus) grace the occasion by their presence.The auspiciousness of Kumbha Mela is in part attributed to the gathering of thousands of holy men/women at one place on earth

Main Bathing Dates at Maha Kumbh Mela 2001
 January 2001
February 2001
Paush Purnima (Full Moon)
Magh Purnima (Full Moon)
Makar Sankranti (ShahiSnan)
Maha Shivratri 
(Shiva's Birthday)
Mauni Amavasya (No Moon)
Basant Panchami(Spring)
During the main bathing dates, there would be traffic restrictions and hence it is advisable
to reach the  Kumbh Mela a few  days prior to main dates.

Bathing Dates
Suggest U Reach between
9th January 
07 to 10 January
14th January 
12 to 15 Januray
24th January 
22 to 25 January
29th January 
27 to 30 January
8th February 
06 to 09 February
21st February 
19 to 22 February
Suggested period is mentioned against main bathing dates.

A tented city would come up from 06th January till 22nd February, 2001
in an orchard, on the outskirts of Allahabad city.
whose location will be10 kms from Sangam (confluence of  three holy rivers- the Ganges,Yamuna & Saraswati)
7 kms from Mela (Fair) grounds 6 kms from Allahabad railway station
Facilities include30 Deluxe tents with attached bath / toiletMulti-cuisine meals24 hours running water & electricity
Standby generatorRound the clock securityEmail & Internet facilities besides STD / ISD phone linesMoney changing facilitiesComplimentary shuttle service to & from Mela ( Fair) grounds everyday

 Per tent / Per night on Twin sharing basis, Inclusive of all meals & currently applicable taxes
US$ 110 
INRs 4900
US$ 125
INRs 5400
US$ 55 
INRs 2500
(early check in / late check out subject to availability)Rates subject to additional taxes according to
Govt. rules & regulations, if &  when imposed. EB- Extra Bed.

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