Kumbh Mela 2019 allahabad

Cottages, tent camps and Cafe

About the Kumbh Mela

The mythological origin

A fascinating Vedic Epic

Legend tells a tale from the bygone days of the universe when the demigods and the demons conjointly produced the nectar of immortality. The demigods, because cursed, were crippled of fear that eventually made them weak. The task being too sturdy for them alone, the demigods made a mutual agreement with the demons to complete it in full and share the nectar of immortality in half. It is said that the demigods and the demons assembled on the shore of the milk ocean that lies in the celestial region of the cosmos.

Finally, many hurdles and 1000 years later, Dhanwantari appeared with the Kumbh (pot) of immortal nectar in his hands. The demigods, being fearful of the demons’ ill intent, forcibly seized the pot and eloped.

Demons, after learning that their part of the agreement has not been kept, went after the demigods and for 12 days and 12 nights, the chase continued. Wherever the demigods went with the pot of nectar, fierce fighting ensued. It is believed that during this chase, a few drops from the Kumbh fell at four places – Prayagraj (earlier Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik.

Ever since the four holy cities are believed to have acquired mystical powers. Because 12 days of Gods are equivalent to 12 years for humans; the Kumbh Mela is celebrated once every 12 years in each of the four places.

The Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj is deemed to be the most auspicious as it is celebrated on the banks of the meeting point (Sangam) of two holy rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna. The Kumbh Mela would be celebrated from the 15th of January to the 4th of March, with a few dates in-between which are considered to be the Shahi Snan or the Royal Bathing datesL.

Shahi Snan (Royal Bath)

S.No.Name of FestivalDate / Day
1.Makar Sankranti15-01-2019 / Tuesday
2.Paush Purnima21-01-2019 / Monday
3.Mauni Amavasya04-02-2019 / Monday
4.Basant Panchami10-02-2019 / Sunday
5.Maghi Purnima19-02-2019 / Tuesday
6.Mahashivratri04-03-2019 / Monday

Shahi Snan also called as Rajyogi Snan refers to the holy bath taken by the saints and their disciples in the holy confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the fabled Saraswati at the prescribed time during the Khumb Mela to cleanse themselves from the sin they’ve committed thorugh the course of their lives.

The Snan begins at 4am, one by one, every Akahara with their Saints and their disciples along with a paraphernalia of elephants, camels, horses etc. amidst folk music, celebrating on the route towards the river bank for the Rajyogi snan (Shahi Snan). Some Swamis sit on elephants and some on chariots made of tractor-trolleys. Their disciples hold decorated umbrellas over their heads and the devotees shower flowers on them.

The royal procession of Sages and Saints taken out on the occasion of the Holy bath is like a procession of Divine attributes such as Tapa (Penance), Adhyan (Knowledge), Vairagya (Renunciation) etc.

The devotees throng the roads to seek blessings of the Ascetics and Saints when they return to their Akhadas after the Holy bath. Some naked Ascetics stop for some time and bless the devotees, who pay obeisance to them by prostrating.

After the Rajyogi Snan (Shahi Snan), the devotees begin to take a Holy dip in the river.

About Kalpa Vriksh

Cottages, Tents and a little cafe

An abode for the world

alpa Vriksh, or the Kalpataru is the fabled wish fulfilling divine tree which originated during the Samudra Mathan, with Kamdhenu, the divine cow providing all the needs of the Gods and human alike. The Kalpa Vriksh was given to the Gods, with their king taking it to his paradise.

Kalpa Vriksha means the “World Tree”, as it believed to be the Milky Way, or the birthplace of the stars. At Kalpa Virksh, we hope to host people from all parts of the world. With a very rustic village like ambience and standard facilities, we assure you that we would do our best to care of our esteemed guests, just like Goddess Parvati requested the Kalpa Vriksh tree to bring up her daughter with “safety, wisdom, health and happiness,” and to make her Vana Devi, the protector of forests.

This project is being conceptualised and built up by Lallooji Brothers with the Block D3 been officially awarded by the UP Government for the Kumbh Mela 2019 at Prayagraj. The family business has been serving the Kumbh Mela for 4 generations and have carved out an expertise in providing high quality services at the most affordable prices. Now with the experience of a young team of experts who have worked at ITC, Taj and the Welcomgroup we shall leave no stones unturned.

Kalpa Vriksh would have 3 varieties of rooms, KV Dorms, KV Cottages and KV Luxury, catering to all demands of the tourists. (Details of all the amenties on offer for the respective room types is elaborated in the next few pages)

The location of Kalpa Vriksh is on the Arail Road, about 2 km away from the Sangam point. Ample parking space is available in-front of the hotel premises.

Official Links

From the Office of Mela Administration

Kalpa Vriksh @ Kumbh 2019