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Things to Do In Maha Kumbh Mela

Posted on 27-05-2024 | by: admin

Kumbh Mela is an unforgettable experience not only for Indians but also for foreigners. You will be amazed to learn that during the Kumbh Mela, millions gather and take a dip in the holy waters of the rivers. Kumbh Mela takes place in places like Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj, and Ujjain. It is a very surprising thing to know that you can do so many activities during the Kumbh Mela. These activities are mostly spiritual and devotional, but some of them are also very adventurous and exciting. We have listed some of the top things to do in Maha Kumbh Mela 2025, which is going to be held in Prayagraj.

Meet the Naga Sadhus

Naga Sadhus are not just ordinary sadhus, but ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. You can meet these Naga Sadhus during the Maha Kumbh Mela and learn some bits of spirituality from them. These are the hermits who have voluntarily given up the joys of material life. They live by worshipping and chanting the names of Lord Shiva and other gods. They usually live by meditating in the mountains, but visit the spiritual places during the Maha Kumbh Mela 2025 in Prayagraj.

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Take a dip in the holy waters

All the cities like Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj, and Ujjain are places where India’s most sacred rivers flow. These holy rivers are so revered by people that they make these cities into major pilgrimage centers. Godavari flows in Nashik, Ganga in Haridwar, Prayagraj is where three rivers meet and these are Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Ujjain is the city where the Shipra River flows. By taking a dip in these holy rivers, people get pure and dissolve their sins. It is a sacred ritual and ancient tradition to take a dip in these holy rivers and people do so during the Maha Kumbh Mela.

Participate in Katha, kirtan, and meditation

Many sadhus and religious personalities visit these cities during the Maha Kumbh Mela. They organize katha, kirtan, and devotional meetings. You can participate in these lectures and listen to stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata, and other religious books. You can also do some meditation and yoga in meditation camps.

Visit an akhada

Akhada is a place where devotees of Lord Shiva and other gods practice religious things. They organize yoga and Ayurved camps, chant prayers, sing bhajans, and organize free camps for poor people. You can visit such an akhada during Maha Kumbh Mela and experience a unique level of religion and spirituality. You can listen to religious lectures, spiritual discourses, and speeches, and learn some things about them.

Visit ancient temples

All the cities where Maha Kumbh Mela takes place have innumerable temples and shrines. You can visit these temples and experience peace and divine feeling. Some of these temples are very old and were built many centuries ago by mighty rulers. Some of the most famous temples are Mansa Devi in Haridwar, Kalaram Temple and Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga in Nashik, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple in Ujjain and Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. There are many others like:

  • Prayagraj: Shri Mankameshwar Mahadev Mandir, ISKCON Temple, Nag Vasuki Temple, Beni Madhav Temple
  • Nashik: Kushavart Tirtha, Muktidham Temple, Pandav Caves, Ganga Godavari Temple
  • Haridwar: Chandi Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Har ki Pauri
  • Ujjain: Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Kal Bhairava Temple, Harsiddhi Temple, Chintaman Ganesh Temple

Participate in cultural events

Many cultural events take place during the Maha Kumbh Mela. Some of these events showcase handicraft items, and some have entertainment programs such as singing, classical dance, live events, etc. It is a direct way to experience the culture, arts, and crafts of the local region.

Eat in a Bhandara (community meal)

Bhandara is the local Hindi word for a free community meal that is available for every person. These bhandaras are usually seen at big festivals and fairs like Maha Kumbh Mela. During a bhandara, free meals are distributed among the visitors and poor people. The organizers of such bhandaras treat this as a service to mankind and god. The main thing about these bhandara meals is that people do not distinguish among the rich or poor, Hindu or Muslim, young or aged, and all are treated equally.

Taste street food

Maha Kumbh Mela is like a huge festival that lasts for several days. During this time, you can taste some very tasty street food from these places. These street foods are available in restaurants, roadside stalls and eateries, tea stalls, and sweet shops. Some of the most popular street foods that you can taste are kachoris, pakodas, samosas, chaats, jalebis, and mithai, among many other foods.

Buy souvenirs

Many shops and exhibition centers in these cities offer fabulous displays of Kumbh Mela souvenirs and art pieces. You can explore various shopping items buy them and take them back home. These items are not only good for home décor but are made by local artisans and sculptures.

  • Metal and wooden sculptures
  • Puja items
  • Pottery items
  • Clay sculptures
  • Incense sticks
  • Rudraksha beads and mala
  • Religious books, diaries, calendars

Attend the aartis

The aartis that take place at the time of the Maha Kumbh Mela are grand events. You can also participate in these aartis as these are the best ways to pray to god and experience spiritual and divine joy. Priests hold huge lighted lamps and chant prayers and sing devotional songs and aartis in devotion to the gods and holy rivers. It is an electrifying atmosphere and you can feel energized by the sound of bells, drums, cymbals, and hundreds of singing tourists.

Visit the famous places

During the time of the Maha Kumbh Mela, you must try to visit some special tourist attractions in the cities. There are bathing ghats on the river banks, where people bathe and take dips. Some of the popular bathing ghats in the cities of Kumbh Mela are shown below.

  • Prayagraj: Triveni Sangam, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Ram Ghat, Shankar Ghat, Rasulabad Ghat
  • Haridwar: Har ki Pauri, Gau Ghat, Subhash Ghat, Ashti Parvath Ghat, Vishnu Ghat
  • Nashik: Ganga Ghat, Ramkund
  • Ujjain: Ram Ghat, Triveni Ghat, Gau Ghat, Chintaman Ghat, Gau Ghat, Datt Akhada Ghat, Mangalnath Ghat
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These were some of the most important things to do in Maha Kumbh Mela. You can make trip plans months ahead to visit these places during the Maha Kumbha Mela 2025. You are going to get cultural experiences, and divine feelings when you do these things at the time of the sacred Maha Kumbh Mela.

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