Kumbh Mela Prayagraj 2025 is a Hindu festival, which is also the world gathering of humanity in one place. In the Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj in 2019, 150 million tourists came from all over the world. This number is greater than the combined population of 100 countries. It is in fact listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The upcoming Kumbh Mela, known as the Maha Kumbh Mela, is set to be hosted by Prayagraj (Allahabad) in 2025.
Kumbh Mela is held after a gap of every 12 years in Haridwar, Prayagraj, Nashik and Ujjain. In 2025, Prayagraj (Allahabad) will host the next kumbh mela called Maha Kumbh Mela. The festival is also called the Purna Kumbh. There is even the Ardh Kumbh, held every 6 years in Prayagraj and Haridwar.
The legend behind the Kumbh Mela is that during Samudra Manthan or the churning of the ocean, a pot of amrita (nectar) emerged from the ocean. Whoever drank the nectar became immortal. So the Devas and Asuras fought with each other for this pot of nectar. And while Lord Vishnu taking the form of Mohini Avatar, carried away the Amrit Kalash (pot of nectar). some drops fell at Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain. Finally Kumbh Mela is held at these places to celebrate this legend. Another celestial event takes place at the time of Kumbh Mela,
and it is the time when Jupiter is in Kumbh (pot) rashi, or Aquarius and Sun enters the astrological sign of Aries.
The Kumbh Mela is celebrated for many centuries. Earliest mention of Prayagraj Kumbh Mela Dates back to the year 1600 AD. And at other places, Kumbh Mela was held in the early 14 century. Kumbh Mela is hugely sacred and religious fair and holds special significance for the sadhus and saints of India. They are in fact the first to bathe in the holy river waters. Other people can bathe in the river only after the Shahi Snan of these sadhus. They belong to akharas and come in large numbers during the Kumbh Mela. Their procession is a sight to watch as they sing hymns, prayers, and chants during their walk to the ghats.
The Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2025 starts on the day of Pausa Purnima, which is on 13 January 2025 and concludes on 26 February 2025. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for tourists as well. Living in tents and camps gives you a warm feeling and the sight of the starry night sky is an otherworldly experience in itself. There are satsangs, prayers, spiritual lectures, langar meals that can be enjoyed by one and all at the Kumbh Mela.
A holy dip in the Ganga River, Meet the Naga Sadhu and their Akhara at the Kumbh Mela 2025. Of course, it is the number one attraction of the Kumbh Mela. Other attractions during Kumbh Mela are the places to be visited in Prayagraj like Sangam, Hanuman Temple, Prayagraj Fort, Akshayavat, and many others. Varanasi is also close to Prayagraj and visiting Varanasi is also there in every tourist itinerary.
Note*: Everyone is aware that the most recent Maha Kumbh Mela took place in 2013, and the Next Maha Kumbh Mela is scheduled for 2025 in Prayagraj.