Maha Kumbh Mela- 2013 Faith & Trust- Part 1

Naga monk in tent at kumbh mela.

Naga monk in tent at kumbh mela.

KUMBH MELA is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. It is the world’s largest religious gathering, with 80 million people expected in 2013.  It is held every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain. Thus the Kumbh Mela is held at each of these four places every twelfth year. Ardh (“Half”) Kumbh Mela is held at only two places, Haridwar and Allahabad, every sixth year. The rivers at these four places are: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar, the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad, the Godawari at Nasik, and the Shipra at Ujjain.
Kumbh means a pitcher and Mela means fair in Hindi. The pilgrimage is held for about one and a half months at each of these four places where it is believed in Hinduism that drops of nectar fell from the Kumbh carried by gods after the sea was churned. The festival is billed as the “world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims”. There is no scientific method of ascertaining the number of pilgrims, and the estimates of the number of pilgrims bathing on the most auspicious day may vary; approximately 80 million people attended on 14 February 2013.
Mauni Amavasya traditionally attracted the largest crowds at the mela, held here every 12 years. The current Kumbh Mela was held on 14 January 2013 at Allahabad.The day marked the second and the biggest Shahi Snan (royal bath) of this event, with 13 akharas taking to the Sangam. 10 Feb 2013 was the biggest bathing day at the ongoing Maha Kumbh Mela and probably the largest human gathering on a single day. Over 30 million devotees and ascetics took holy dip on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya..

Top view of the mela.

Top view of the mela.

Naga Monk

Naga Monk

At the bank of Ganga River.

At the bank of Ganga River.

Mahakumbh-2013-007

Mahakumbh-2013-008

Mahakumbh-2013-010

Mahakumbh-2013-013

Mahakumbh-2013-011

Mahakumbh-2013-005

A monk in holy river Ganga.

A monk in holy river Ganga.

3 Responses to “Maha Kumbh Mela- 2013 Faith & Trust- Part 1”

  1. Rajesh Madao says:

    Amazing piece of work Vinodji…I have always loved the tonal quality and use of ambient light in your photgraphs..Best Wishes

  2. I also like Tibet. Once i visited the place and i was there for about one week. I had seen so many places there but personally i liked potala place. It was very spiritual and gave me so much peace.

  3. Heena Pathak says:

    Such a great information on simhastha ujjain 2016. Also helpful to search and full details on Ujjain Kumbh. Thanks for it…

Leave a Reply