Kumbh Mela begins tomorrow

Kumbh Mela, which takes place once in every 12 years, is billed as the biggest gathering of humanity on the Earth. In 2001, more than 40 million people gathered on the main bathing day of the festival, breaking a record for the biggest human gathering.

I was talking to my father-in-law yesterday. My in-laws stay in Allahabad. He was telling me that Allahabad has been preparing for the festival for months and a vast tented city has grown up around the river. Lots of vehicles and millions of people have reached there already. During the 55-day festival, more than 100 million people are expected to visit the city. The report says that the festival is expected to draw over a million foreign tourists too.


The festival will formally start at dawn on Monday, 14 January with groups of naked, ash-smeared Naga Sadhus sprinting into the waters at Sangam – the point at which the rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati converge – followed by millions of other pilgrims.

14 January is an auspicious day of Hindu calendar. It’s called Makar Sankranti. On this occasion, the Sun transits from Sagittarius and enters Capricorn. It also commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the north-east monsoon in South India. Here is a link for some of the images of Kumbh mela.

I am also reaching Allahabad at night of 6 February for the Kumbh Mela and of course for the main bath on 10 February.

May Makar Sankranti be harvest of prosperity, success and happiness in our life. Happy Makar Sankranti!

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  1. In Orissa people prepare ‘makar chaula(uncooked newly harvested rice , banana , coconut , jaggery , sesame , Rasagola , Khai/Liaa and chhena puddings for naivedya to gods and goddesses.The withdrawing winter entails change in food habits & intake of nourishing and rich food. Therefore this festival also holds immense scientific significance.Devotees also worshiped the sun god at great Konark temple with great favour and enthusiasm as the sun started its annual swing northwards, according to various Indian calendars. According to the Sun’s movement, the days from this day on-wards become lengthy and warmer and so the Sun-God is worshiped as a great benefactor. Makar Mela(Fun fair) is observed at Dhabaleswar in Cuttack , Hatakeshwar at Atri in Khordha , Makar Muni temple in Balasore and near various deities in each district of Odisha . In the temple of Lord Jagannath this festival is observed as Nabanki and ‘Uttarayana Yatra’. In Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar,kalahandi, koraput and Sundargarh where the tribal population is more, the festival is celebrated with great joy. They have been celebrating this festival with great enthusiasm. They sing, dance and enjoy.Many tribal in our country start their New Year from the day of Sankranti by lighting bonfires, dancing and eating their particular dishes sitting together.


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