Top 10 Bizarre Facts of Kumbh Mela That Will Wonder You
The holy Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of the world of its genre. It makes the humans realise the power of wisdom, blessings, curse and darkness. A few interesting Kumbh Mela facts include:
- This Mela is held every three years in the four locations on the banks of river Ganges at Haridwar, Triveni Sangam at Prayag, river Kshipra at Ujjain and river Godavari at Nasik. It is held in the same location after every 12 years.
- The story of the Mela is dated back to the time when the Gods resided on Earth, and the curse of Durvasa Muni had weakened them. As a result, the asuras caused devastation.
- Lord Brahma advised the Gods to churn nectar of immortality with the help of asuras. The nectar that appeared after churning the ocean of milk was taken by the Gods, who planned not to share it with the demons.
- The Gods ran away with the nectar and the demons chased them. During this chase, few nectar drops fell into these four rivers.
- According to the positions of the Sun, the Moon, and the Jupiter, Kumbh Mela’s date is settled. During this period, the rivers are said to turn into holy nectar.
- The pilgrims believe that the holy water washes away all the past sins. And so they can come one step closer to emancipation.
- Some holy Hindu men join the Mela to take the holy bath and execute rituals. Nagas, Kalpwasis, Urdhawavahurs, are a few groups of sadhus.
- The first Mela was held over 2000 years ago. This festival’s scripted evidence was first found in the accounts of Xuanzang, a Chinese traveller, who visited India during King Harshvardhana’s dynasty.
- The Mela attracts vast pilgrims from around the globe, which creates approximately 650,000 jobs and earns about Rs. 12,000 crore.
- The last Mela was held in Ujjain in 2016. Over 75 million people attended the festival.