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Prayag, Allahabad, India
07 January - 23 February 2001
number of human beings assembled with a common purpose"
Guinness Book of Records
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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
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
Bathing Dates at Maha Kumbh Mela 2001
the main bathing dates, there would be traffic restrictions and hence it
Purnima (Full Moon)
Purnima (Full Moon)
Amavasya (No Moon)
reach the Kumbh Mela a few days prior to main dates.
Suggested period is mentioned against main bathing
U Reach between
to 10 January
to 15 Januray
to 25 January
to 30 January
to 09 February
to 22 February
tented city would come up from 06th January till 22nd February, 2001
an orchard, on the outskirts of Allahabad city.
kms from Sangam (confluence of three holy rivers- the Ganges,Yamuna
7 kms from Mela (Fair) grounds
6 kms from Allahabad railway station
Deluxe tents with attached bath / toiletMulti-cuisine
meals24 hours running water
generatorRound the clock securityEmail
& Internet facilities besides STD / ISD phone linesMoney
shuttle service to & from Mela ( Fair) grounds everyday
tent / Per night on Twin sharing basis, Inclusive of all meals & currently
IN /CHECK OUT TIME 12 NOON
check in / late check out subject to availability)Rates subject to additional
taxes according to
rules & regulations, if & when imposed. EB-
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