Kumbh Mela | Significance, Festival, & History – Mela Festival

The Kumbh Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism that is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four different locations:

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  • Allahabad (Ganges-Yamuna Sarasvati rivers confluence)
  • Haridwar (Ganges)
  • Nashik (Godavari)
  • Ujjain (Shipra)

The festival is attended by millions of people and is considered to be one of the world’s largest peaceful gatherings.


  • The Kumbh Mela is believed to be a celebration of the victory of good over evil.
  • The ritual bathing in the holy rivers is believed to purify the soul and wash away one’s sins.


  • The festival is a cultural and spiritual event, where sadhus and saints, scholars and common people participate.
  • It is an important festival for the Hindu religion, and is recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


  • Traced back to ancient India, with references in Hindu scriptures such as the Vedas and Puranas
  • Exact origins of the festival are not known, but believed to have been celebrated for thousands of years


  • UNESCO recognized Kumbh Mela as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity


The Kumbh Mela is an important festival for the Hindu religion and an opportunity for spiritual renewal.

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