Get ready for the 2nd Royal Bath or Shahi Snan at one of the biggest cultural gathering, the Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj on 4th February 2019. Hindus very well know how to celebrate each festival with much enthusiasm, passion and joy. The Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage where Hindus from all around the world gather to take a holy dip in the sacred river to wash away their sins. The festival is held every three years switching between four auspicious locations including Prayagraj, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar. It is believed that this holy dip frees your from your sins, bringing you closer to salvation. So here is all that you wanted to know about the Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 being held in Allahabad (now Prayagraj).
Kumbh Mela Dates
The Kumbh Mela 2019 is all set to commence on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sakranti from the 15th January 2109. This long festival of taking a dip in the holy rivers will continue till Maha Shivratri on the 4th of March 2019.
Attractions of Kumbh Mela 2019
The government of Uttar Pradesh has made special arrangements in the city to attract the tourists during the Kumbh Mela 2019. The entire city is being decorated and painted. Apart from this there are certain activities that will be taking place during Kumbh 2019 simultaneously. So here is a list of special attractions during the Kumbh 2019.
Peshwai also known as Praveshai marks the beginning of Kumbh Mela. A grand procession lead by Sadhus of various Akharas is carried out in the city. Saints arrive on beautifully decorated elephants, horses and lavish carriages with bands. People of the city also offer their service to these saints and shower petals of flower while the procession passes by.
- Cultural Events
The Kumbh Mela 2019 shall feature 5 cultural Pandals for displaying a series of cultural events ranging from musical performances to traditional and folk dances on a daily basis from January 2019 onwards. Ganga Pandal will be the mega structure
- Tourist Walks
The government of Uttar Pradesh has unveiled and demarcated special routes for Tourist Walks for visitors who come to visit Allahabad during Kumbh Mela 2019. Various starting point have been set to start the tourist walk with stops at different tourist attractions in Prayagraj.
Waterways since ages has been a major source of transportation, and waterways has always been given due importance during the Kumbh Mela. This time again the UP government in association with Inland Waterways Authority of India is organizing a ferry services on the river Yamuna near Sangam Ghat. The route for this service will start from Sujawan Ghat to Rail Bridge (Naini Side) to Boat Club Ghat to Saraswati Ghat and ends at Kila Ghat.
- Laser Light Shows
To enhance the experience of the large influx of Pilgrims, patrons, domestic and international tourists that are expected to visit the Kumbh Mela 2019, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has made provisions for a Laser Light and Sound Show at the Prayagraj Fort Wall.
- Thematic Gates
The Government of UP has also decided to set up over 25 temporary thematic gates, that shall mark the roads to the Mela area. Each of these thematically decorated gates will have a special identity of their own and will strongly be rooted to the local context inspired by the culture, tradition and socio-religious factors.
Bathing Dates of Kumbh Mela 2019
Taking a dip in the holy river during Kumbh on any day is considered auspicious, however there are certain special days when the Royal Bath or Shahi Snan takes place. Thus here is a list of special bating dates of Kumbh Mela 2019.
- Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snan) 14/15 January 2019
- Paush Purnima 21 January 2019
- Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath 2nd Shahi Snan) 04 February 2019
- Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snan) 10 February 2019
- Maghi Poornima 19 February 2019
- Maha Shivratri 04 March 2019
How to Reach Kumbh
Kumbh Mela is taking place in the city of Prayagraj, which has strong connectivity to all the other Indian states and nearby cities. In order to make Kumbh Mela a great success the Indian Railways has announced many special trains to accommodate the pilgrims. Prayagraj is also well connected by bus route to the nearby cities like Lucknow, Varanasi and others. Not only this the Indian government has also announced fly boats from Varanasi to Allahabad.
Located in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Prayagraj is exposed to extreme weather conditions. Since the Kumbh takes place in from the month of January to March visitors might feel the chill during the initial days of the mela when the temperature would vary between 7°C- 10°C. However a pleasant weather can be expected towards the closing if the event.
Stay During Kumbh Mela 2019
Prayagraj is all set to accommodate tourists from all around the world. Accommodation is really never a big issue during the Kumbh festival. People offer their extra spaces in form of rooms, or homes to the visitors. Apart from various hotels in all categories. The best experience of Kumbh Mela 2019 can be enjoyed while staying in a tent. Some of these tents are offered by government that are cheaper and there are some tents that are well managed by private players but can cost you some extra bucks.
Things to Remember for Kumbh Mela 2019
- Check on the website for movement plan, accommodation, key event dates etc. and download the mobile app
- Be aware of the facilities like Hospitals, Food, and Emergency Services etc.
- Know emergency contact numbers
- Use only the Bathing areas/ Ghats that are authorized by the Mela administration
- Use the Bathing Ghats nearest to place of stay in Mela area or the city
- Be attentive towards your belongings
- While making any travel plans, include enough buffer time
- Don't carry valuables, unnecessary food and clothing
- Don't venture into the river beyond permissible limits
- Don't use plastic bags in the city and mela area during the Kumbh Mela
So here is all that you needed to know about the Kumbh Mela 2019. Plan your travel to Prayagraj well in advance to avoid last minute commotion.