The Elixir of life : Magh Mela – Namita Verma

The Kumbh Mela is a congregation of Hindus for a pilgrimage of faith where they gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. Traditionally four fairs are widely recognised as the Kumbh Melas: the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha and Ujjain Simhastha. These 4 fairs are held periodically at the following places by rotation: Allahabad (Prayagraj) Haridwar, Nashik district (Nashik and Trimbak) and Ujjain. The main festival site is located on the banks of a river : the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar; the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati at Allahabad; the Godawari river at Nashik; and the Shipra river at Ujjain. Bathing in these rivers is thought to cleanse a person of all their sins.