Somvati Amavasya Snan in Haridwar & Prayag Sangam

Somvati Amavasya is the No Moon day that falls on Somavar or Monday. On Somvati Amavasya day, Punya Snan or holy dip is performed by devotees in Haridwar and Prayag Triveni Sangam. Ganga Snan is considered as utmost auspicious during Somvati. Tens of thousands of devotees converge along the river banks of Ganga on Amavasya. […]

Mauni Amavasya Snan at Kumbh Mela 2021 – 11 February

Ganga Aarti at Kumbh Mela 2013

Mauni Amavasya Snan is an auspicious bathing at Kumbha Mela. In 2021, Mauni Amavasya date is February 11. This time it is even more auspicious as Kumbha Mela is being celebrated at Haridwar. This Kumbh Mela is a Mahakumbh Mela which is celebrated for once in 12 years. Mauni Amavasya is Magha Amavasya as per […]

Hiuen Tsang on Kumbh Mela

What Hiuen Tsang has written on Kumbh Mela? First written evidence of Kumbh Mela can be found in the accounts of Chinese traveler, Huan Tsang or Xuanzang (602 – 664 A.D.). Xuanzang, also known as Hsüan-tsang, born Chen Hui or Chen Yi, was Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator who described the interaction between […]

Shattila Ekadashi Snan at Kumbh Mela

Shattila Ekadashi is an auspicious day for Kumbh Mela Punya Snan. In 2019, Shattila Ekadashi date is January 31, Thursday. For this year, it is even more auspicious as this Kumbh Mela is Maha Kumbh Mela which is celebrated once in 12 years at Allahabad Prayag Sangam. Daan or donations on Shattila Ekadashi is a […]

Paush Purnima Snan at Kumbh Mela 2021 – 28 January

Paush Purnima is an important bathing day at Kumbh Mela. In 2021, Kumbh Mela Paush Purnima Snan date is January 28. It marks the beginning of Kumbh Mela officially. Paush purnima also marks the beginning of Magh Mela. It is the final day of Pausha Month in North Indian Hindi calendar. On this day, auspicious […]

Akharas in Kumbh Mela | Shaiva Akhara, Vaishnav Akhara, Nirmal Akhara

Akharas in Kumbh Mela.. There are number of Akharas in Kumbh Mela. Akhara means a tented place where a group of Sadhus and Sanyasis gather to perform their meditation and other rituals. According to legends and the rituals, the ceremonial procession of the Naga Sadhus is believed to be a highly auspicious celebration. The processions […]

List of Akharas Participating in Kumbh mela 2019

Akhara, Akhada, is a Hindu organisation of different sects of Sadhus, Sanyasi, Yogis, Vairagis, etc. The history of Akhadas dates back to 2500 BC, the era of Sankaracharya, who established seven Akharas as Dasnaami, Mahanirvani, Niranjani, Atal, Avahan, Agni and Anand Akhara. As per some other legends, Akaras were set up by Gorakhnath and not Shankaracharya. […]

Kumbh Mela 2019 | Prayag Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 | Allahabad Kumbh Mela

Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019 is the upcoming Ardh Kumbh Mela to be held at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India from January to March 2019. The logo of 2019 Kumbh shows a group of Sadhus bathing in the Sangam confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna. The Uttar Pradesh government has decreed that […]

नागा साधु की रहस्यमय जीवन | Naga Sadhus’ Mysterious Life

Naga Sadhus, Aghoras at Kumbh Mela 2013

नागा साधु की रहस्यमय जीवन | Naga Sadhus’ Mysterious Life. The Mysterious world of Naga Sadhus. नागा साधु हिन्दू धर्मावलम्बी साधु हैं जो कि नग्न रहने तथा युद्ध कला में माहिर होने के लिये प्रसिद्ध हैं। ये विभिन्न अखाड़ों में रहते हैं। जिनकी परम्परा आदिगुरु शंकराचार्य द्वारा की गयी थी। इनके आश्रम हरिद्वार और दूसरे […]

Kumbh Mela – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Performing Aarti Kumbh Mela 2013

The Kumbh Mela was declared as India’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by UNESCO on 8 December 2017. The event was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UN body. The annual congregation of pilgrims was one of the 33 new additions to the list this year. The list includes […]

Ratha Saptami Snan at Kumbh Mela 2019 – 12 February

Sadhu performing Surya Arghya at Kumbh Mela 2013

Ratha Saptami is an auspicious day to observe Shahi Snan (Royal bath) at Kumbh Mela. In 2019, Ratha Saptami Shahi Snan date is February 12. Prayagraj, Allahabad, Ardh Kumbh has begun on Makar Sankranti and will end on Mahashivaratri. In 2019, it was even more auspicious as the mela is Maha Kumbha Mela which is […]

Ashrams & Dharmashalas Haridwar

There are nearly 350 Ashrams and Dharmashalas in Haridwar. Approximately 20000 pilgrims can be accommodated in these Ashrams during Ardh Kumbh Mela, Kumbh Mela and many other auspicious occasions in Haridwar. The Ashrams and Dharmashalas charge nominal fees from pilgrims for accommodation and the basic amenities they provide. List of Ashrams and Dharmashalas in Haridwar […]

Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016

Ganga Aarti at Kumbh Mela 2013

Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016, dates of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016 in Haridwar.. Ardh Kumbh (Half Kumbh) Mela occurs between the two Purna Kumbha Melas at Prayag and Haridwar. This year’s Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela takes place between Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015 and Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016. Ardh Kumbh Mela begins on 14 January (Makara Sankranti) and […]

Maha Kumbh Mela better organised than FIFA World Cup, Harvard University book

Maha Kumbh Mela was better organised than FIFA World Cup, says Harvard University book. One is the the most watched sports event in the world and the other is the world’s biggest religious congregation. However, if asked to identify the better organised event between the Kumbh Mela or the Fifa World Cup, which would you […]

Nashik Kumbh Mela Special Trains 2015 | Pune – Kamakhya Trains

Nashik Kumbh Mela Special Trains 2015 between Pune & Kamakhya… To accommodate the travel of devotees visiting the Kumbh Mela being celebrated in Nashik, the Central Railway (CR) has decided to run 20 special trains between Pune and Kamakhya. Train no 02511 weekly special train will leave Pune at 10.30 am every Thursday from 30 […]

Nasik Kumbh Mela begins, 14 July 2015

Nasik Kumbh Mela begins on 14 July 2015, Friday. Kumbh Mela at Nasik begins with Flag Hoisting of Akhara at Ram Kunda. Schedule of Nasik Kumbh Mela 2015 Flag hoisting of Akhara date – 14 July 2015, Friday, at Ram Kunda. The flag hoisting of the Akharas on 19 August 2015 at Sadhugram First Snan […]

Special Trains for Nasik Kumbh Mela 2015 | Howrah – Nasik Trains

Special Trains for Kumbh Mela 2015, Nasik –  Howrah – Nasik Road. South Eastern Railway has also announced special trains for Puri Rathyatra 2015… In an attempt to clear the extra rush of passengers during the coming Nabakalebar Rath Yatra at Puri and the Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015 at Nasik, South Eastern Railway will run […]

Kumbh Mela 2015, Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015 dates

Nashik Kumbh Mela is held for every 12 years. In 2015-16, Kumbh Mela will be held in Nashik, Maharashtra. The dates of the Mela for 2015 Shahi Snan are declared in Nashik and announced by Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP). The Kumbh Mela at Nasik in 2015 will also be Known as Simhasth (as Guru […]

Swami Adhokshjanand on Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015

Swami Adhokshjanand on Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015 — Uttaradhipati Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Adhokshjanand Devtirath, who claims himself to be the Shankaracharya of Govardhan Math, Puri, said they expected better Kumbh Mela this time with a “Hindu” government in the state, referring to the newly elected BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra. The Kumbh Mela is scheduled […]