Kumbh Mela-The Sacred Ceremony of Bathing in the Holy Water
Kumbh Mela 2019 is the holiest festival of bathing in the convergence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is one of the annual religious festivals of Hindus that is celebrated by almost every Indian. This world’s largest gathering of people is celebrated in the form of Maha Mela on the banks of Triveni Sangam.
Historical Inbound of the Kumbh
As per the Hindu mythology, the Maha Mela is considered to be the beginning of the universe. On account of this occasion, a large mela is organized wherein large number of devotees takes the holy dip. The holy dip is performed in Triveni Sangam-the confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
According to the Puranas, the origin of the Kumbh Mela 2019 is associated with the Samudra Manthan. The story goes like this; the Ksheer Ocean is being churned by Devas and Asuras. To do so, the Meru Mountain and serpent Vasuki were used as churning rod and rope respectively. As an outcome, Amrit appears to which both devas and asuras start fighting. During the fight, few drops fell on four places on Earth. These places are celebrated during Kumbh Mela.
Even the holy convergence of rivers where the sacred bath is performed is mentioned in the Rig Veda. As per the sources, the convergence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Prayag or Sangam holds great significance.
Alongside the Rig Veda, the Varaha Purana and Matsya Purana show instances on the importance of the Sangam. Devotees believe that the Ashram wherein Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita lived during their exile, lands at Sangam. In addition to this, several revered saints such as Shankaracharya and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Sangam to observe Maha Kumbh Allahabad.
Significance of the Sacred Bath
On the auspicious occasion of Kumbh Mela, millions of devotees perform the Kumbh Mela bathing ritual. It is the most important activity performed by several devotees on the banks of Triveni Sangam. Performing the sacred Kumbh bathing ritual goes with the belief of getting rid from your sins. People believe that by submerging in the holy water makes them and their ancestors from the cycle of rebirth. In short, it is the believable way to attain Moksha.
Other than the ritual bath, the devotees worship on the banks of the river and listen to the discourses from various sadhus.