13 Facts About Kumbh Mela


Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism.

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For example, in Tamil Nadu, the Magha Kumbh Mela with water-dip ritual is a festival of antiquity.

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The Kumbh Mela authorities said that the largest one-day attendance at the Kumbh Mela was 30 million on 10 February 2013, and 50 million on 4 February 2019.

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Kama MacLean – an Indologist who has published articles on the Kumbh Mela predominantly based on the colonial archives and English-language media, states based on emails from other scholars and a more recent interpretation of the 7th-century Xuanzang memoir, the Prayag event happened every 5 years, featured a Buddha statue, involved alms giving and it might have been a Buddhist festival.

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An early account of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela was published by Captain Thomas Hardwicke in 1796 CE.

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One of the key features of the Kumbh mela has been the camps and processions of the sadhus .

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Kumbh Mela includes a 1814 letter from his missionary friend who distributed copies of the Gospel to the pilgrims and tried to convert some to Christianity.

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Kumbh Mela continued to play an important role in the independence movement through 1947, as a place where the native people and politicians periodically gathered in large numbers.

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In 1906, the Sanatan Dharm Sabha met at the Prayag Kumbh Mela and resolved to start the Banaras Hindu University in Madan Mohan Malaviya's leadership.

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Kumbh Mela goes to a saint, who advises him to go on a pilgrimage to Prayag and bathe in river Ganges as a means of penance.

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Sadhus travel to the Kumbh Mela to make themselves available to much of the Hindu public.

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In 2007, the National Geographic filmed and broadcast a documentary of the Prayag Kumbh Mela, named Inside Nirvana, under the direction of Karina Holden with the scholar Kama Maclean as a consultant.

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On 30 September 2010, the Kumbh Mela featured in the second episode of the Sky One TV series "An Idiot Abroad" with Karl Pilkington visiting the festival.

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