Prayag is the point where the three holy rivers Yamuna, Ganga and Saraswati meet, which is more often referred to as Triveni Sangam. This is the spot where Kumbh mela is conducted. Devotees congregate here and perform several rites and rituals. A number of ceremonies are performed, out of which the most important is the bathing ceremony that takes place on the banks of the rivers in each town. To know more about the customs and traditions practiced during the Kumbh Mela, read further
Various activities take place during Kumbh Mela such as discussions on
religious issues, singing in the praise of God, offering of food to all
those attending the Kumbh Mela and many more. Kumbh Mela gives a
platform to come across the holy men, who have dedicated their lives in
the worship and devotion of God. There are various saints, sadhus and
yogis, who are engaged in penance. They come out of their Himalayan
caves only during the occasion of Maha Kumbh Mela, which is held only
once in twelve years to bestow their blessings on people. It is more
popularly known as the blissful darshan.
Kumbh mela is often known to be a point, where you come across people
whom you had lost long back. The guru of the well known saint
Paramahansa Yogananda met his guru Mahavatar Babaji at Kumbh Mela. The
holy processions that take place during the Kumbh Mela give the common
man an opportunity to catch the glimpse of holy saints passing by on
traditional modes of transport such as the chariot, elephants, horses,
camels and palanquins. Their charisma and magnetism is very influencing.
The holy men transmit spiritual vibrations to people and this whole
experience makes the event absolutely awe inspiring.
A number of rituals and ceremonies are performed during the Kumbh Mela, the most important being the custom of bathing.