Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Prime Minister Of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth Visiting Akshyawat

Prime Minister Of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth Visiting Akshyawat

Prime Minister Of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth Visiting Hanuman Temple

Prime Minister Of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth Visiting Hanuman Temple

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, during which participants bathe or take a dip in a sacred river. The founding myth of the Kumbh Mela—attributed to the Puranas (collections of myth and legend)—recounts how the gods and demons fought over the pot (kumbha) of amrita, the elixir of immortality produced by their joint churning of the milky ocean. During the struggle, drops of the elixir fell on the Kumbh Mela's four earthly sites, and the rivers are believed to turn back into that primordial nectar at the climactic moment of each, giving pilgrims the chance to bathe in the essence of purity, auspiciousness, and immortality.

The festival is held at Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik every four years by rotation and is attended by millions of people irrespective of caste, creed or gender. Its primary bearers, however, belong to akhadas and ashrams, religious organizations, or are individuals living on alms. Kumbh Mela plays a central spiritual role in the country, exerting a mesmeric influence on ordinary Indians. The event encapsulates the science of astronomy, astrology, spirituality, ritualistic traditions, and social and cultural customs and practices, making it extremely rich in knowledge. Knowledge and skills related to the tradition are transmitted through ancient religious manuscripts, oral traditions, historical travelogues and texts produced by eminent historians. However, the teacher-student relationship of the sadhus in the ashrams and akhadas remains the most important method of imparting and safeguarding knowledge and skills relating to Kumbh Mela.