Kumbh Mela Haridwar

Kumbh Mela at Haridwar is one of the most auspicious religious mass pilgrimage event in Hinduism which occurs in every 12 years. It is also one of the largest peaceful gatherings of people anywhere in the world with millions of devotees and pilgrims partaking in the grand pilgrimage and take a dip in the holy river the Ganges to absolve all their sins. 

The 2021 Maha Kumbh Mela will be held at Haridwar.  Millions of devotees gather during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Auspicious holy dip is taken in River Ganges at the Har ki Pauri.

Spiritual gurus from all over the country come Kumbh Mela, to witness the auspicious Hindu cultural and religious festival. Kumbh Mela allows you to introspect and explore the spiritual side with the guidance of some of the most renowned spiritual guides.

Kumbh Mela 2021 Important Dates

The upcoming Kumbh Mela fair will be held at Haridwar. The dates for a pilgrimage to the Kumbh Mela are determined according to the Vikram Samvat calendar. The important bathing dates are given below.

Kumbh Mela 2021 will begin on 14th January, on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. The first Shahi Snan will take place on 11th March, and the second and third ones on 12 and 14th April respectively. And on 27th April the Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 will come to an end with a Shahi Snan.

Kumbh Mela Dates
14 January 2021
Makar Sankranti
11 February 2021
Mauni Amavasya
16 February 2021
Basant Panchami
27 February 2021
Maghi Poornima
11 March 2021
Maha Shivratri
Shahi Snan
12 April 2021
Somvati Amamvasya
Shahi Snan
13 April 2021
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada
14 April 2021
Shahi Snan
21 April 2021
Ram Navami
27 April 2021
Chaitra Purnima
Shahi Snan

List of Bathing Ghats in Haridwar

  • Har Ki Pauri
  • Asthi Pravath Ghat
  • Subhash Ghat
  • Gau Ghat
  • Sapth Sarover Kshetra Ghat
  • Sarvanand Ghat
  • Pantdweep Ghat
  • Kangra Ghat
  • Roode Bale Wala Ghat
  • Ganesh Ghat
  • Varagi Camp Ghat
  • Sati Ghat
  • Daksheshwar Ghat
  • Singh Dwar Ghat
  • Sita Ghat
 Dirk Hartung : Wikipedia: Ganga Snan at Har ki Pauri

Kumbh Mela 2021 Updates

18 July 2020

Kedarnath forest division has decided to take a security deposit of Rs 100 per plastic item, like packets of instant noodles and biscuits, mineral water bottles etc from visitors going to Rudranath. This will reduce the usage of plastic items inside the forest region. And when tourists return back, they had to show the plastic wrapper to retrieve the deposit amount, failing which they will be levied a penalty of Rs 5000 for causing plastic pollution in the hills.

Kumbh Mela Mythology with Haridwar

Haridwar is considered one of the Sapta Puri or ‘seven holy places’ according to Hinduism. The Kumbh fair traces its origin in the ancient legend of Samudra Manthan. When the battle of churning ocean between devas and asuras led to the creation of Amrit, the Lord Vishnu instructed Garuda to fly away with the elixir to keep it beyond the reaches of asuras. 

Revered and sacred texts in Hinduism proclaim Haridwar to be one of the four places where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality were dropped from the Kumbh (pot) by Garuda, the celestial bird of Lord Vishnu.

 Vitthal Jondhale : Wikipedia: Sadhus performing Shahi Snan during Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Rites and Rituals

Million of pilgrims congregate on the banks of river Ganges to take part in the ritual bathing. It is believed taking a dip in the holy water at the auspicious Kumbh Mela cleanse devotees of all their sins. 

Another popular ritual at Kumbh Mela is the Peshwai procession which marks the arrival of members of different akharas and sect of sadhus. For instance, the Naga sadhus are the first to enter the holy water according to the fair tradition. Other rituals like devotional singing of hymns and religious discourse also take place at the Kumbh.

One another important aspect of Kumbh fair is the darshan of ascetics, sadhus and sages who usually nomadic, congregate at the Kumbh fair at large number. The Hindu pilgrims and devotees who visit Kumbh make sure to seek blessings and guidance from the sadhus towards their own spiritual life.

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