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Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019

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Topics Covered:

  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  2. Disaster and Disaster management.

 

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019

 

What to study?

  • For Prelims: About Kumbh Mela- places where it is held, mythological significance and Astrological significance.
  • For Mains: Crowd Management during such huge gatherings- challenges and solutions.

 

Context: Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019, a religious fair that will be held from January 15, 2019 to March 4, 2019.

 

About Kumbh Mela:

The Kumbh Mela (the festival of the sacred pitcher) is anchored in Hindu mythology. It is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world. The Mela draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of approximately 55 auspicious days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mystical Sarasvati. Primarily, this congregation includes Ascetics, Saints, Sadhus, Sadhvis, Kalpvasis, and Pilgrims from all walks of life.

 

Celebration:

Kumbh Mela is a religious pilgrimage that is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years. The geographical location of Kumbh Mela spans over four locations in India and the Mela site keeps rotating between one of the four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers as listed below:

  1. Haridwar on the Ganges in Uttarakhand.
  2. Ujjain on the Shipra in Madhya Pradesh.
  3. Nashik on the Godavari in Maharashtra.
  4. Prayagraj at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati in Uttar Pradesh.

 

Selection of site:

Each site’s celebration is based on a distinct set of astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon, and the Jupiter. The celebrations occur at the exact moment when these positions are fully occupied, as it is considered to be the holiest time in Hinduism.

 

Sources: the hindu.