Welcome to Kumbh Mela 2013
The Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The Mela alternates between Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years. The one celebrated at the Holy Sangam in Allahabad is the largest and holiest of them.
- The second Mahakumbh of this century at Prayag concluded with a magnificent ritual bathing on the occasion of Mahashivratri on March 10, 2013. The Kumbh, the largest gathering of humanity on any occasion on the earth, had started with a ritual bathing on Makar Sankranti day, January 14, and in the 55 days of its duration, nearly 12 crore pilgrims and visitors from all over India and many corners of the world took a dip at the Sangam – the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.
- There were many highlights of this Kumbh Mela that will be remembered for a long time.
- More than 120 million (12 crore) people visited this event, which is the largest number in any Kumbh in Allahabad so far.
- A tented township was set up for the pilgrims over an area of 2 hectares of land along the river. As many as five power substations, temporary police stations, hospitals and stalls were set up for providing various facilities to the visitors.
- Heavy and unseasonal rains after the Basant Panchami caused serious disruption in the arrangements, but because of hectic and round-the-clock efforts the arrangements were brought to normal, which is an example of the efficiency of the administration.
- All efforts were made by the Mela Administration to provide facilities to the visitors, such as security, sanitation, medical care and power supply.
- The efficient and timely arrangements at the Kumbh Mela attracted the attention of many governments and institutions of the world. The Harvard University of the USA conducted a research to find out how it was made possible.
- The Mela Administration extends its gratitude to all visitors, pilgrims and other voluntary associates for making this event a magnificent success. Without their contrirbution, this success could not have been achieved.