The city of Allahabad is among the largest cities of Uttar Pradesh and situated at the confluence of three rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati. The Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated at Allahabad at the Triveni Sangam where the significant holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna join together. This Mela has a strong influence as it is the largest human gathering in history, irrespective of any worldly barriers of caste, creed, colour and religion.
The Ardh or Half Kumbh Mela is observed after every 6 years at Haridwar and Allahabad. The Purna or complete Kumbh Mela is observed after every 12 years at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. The Maha or Great Kumbh Mela is celebrated after every 12 “Purna Kumbh Melas” or 144 years.
It is a once in a lifetime to witness millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come together in this spectacle of Faith. The festival witnesses the ritual bathing in sacred water by millions of devotees. People bathe where the Holy Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati converge. The point is referred as Triveni Sangam. During the Kumbh Mela, each day is auspicious for bathing.
“The ceremonial dip is an important ritual and is believed that bathing on the auspicious days cleanses one of all sins and he or she achieves Moksha i.e. liberation from the cycle of life, death and rebirth.”