In India, there is an ancient tradition of pilgrimage to sacred sites and holy places that remains strong today. Today’s Hindus still travel to holy cities, lovingly anoint temple statues, bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges and celebrate colorful religious festivals – just as they have done for thousands of years.
One such festival, the Mahakubh Mela which occurs every 12 years in Allahabad, will be held in 2013 from 27 January to 25 February. Allahabad or City of God in Persian, also known as Prayag is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The previous Kumbh Mela was held in 2010 in Haridwar. It is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Bṛhaspati (Jupiter) and the sun. The other places where the Maha Kumbh is held are Ujjain and Nasik.
The Kumbh Mela is a large Hindu pilgrimage where Hindus gather to bathe in the rivers Ganges and Godavari. This ritual of having a bath in the rivers is to purify their sins and during the Kumbh Mela, it is said to be especially effective. The Prayag (Allahabad) Kumbh Mela is the largest and holiest of all Melas and is believed to be the most auspicious. On important bathing dates, lakhs of pilgrims take bath on the banks of the holy Sangam. The main bathing days at the Kumbh Mela are: Makar Sankranti, Paush Purnima, Mauni Amavasya, Basnt Panchami, Maghi Poornima and Maha Shivratri. You can book your tour with us and enjoy the religious Festival in India. For more info you can log on – www.http://www.theholidayindia.com/kumbh-mela.php