Showing posts with label Magh Mela. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magh Mela. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Magh Mela Festival?

 


Magh Mela is a festival in India.

In the city of Allahabad, a religious festival is held every year during the lunar month of Magh (January–February).

Magh is one of the months in the Hindu festival calendar when bathing (snana) in holy rivers is highly valued.

This is especially noteworthy since Allahabad is located at the confluence of two holy rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna.

Pilgrims put up an encampment near the confluence during this month, which turns into a vibrant religious center.

Pilgrims follow a stringent and disciplined religious life throughout their stay.

A morning bath, followed by gift-giving (dana) and prayer; a limited diet; and nights spent singing hymns (kirtan) and listening to religious talks are all part of the routine.

Some pilgrims even take a stringent kalpavas vow to stay for the whole month, which includes a strict austere lifestyle.

This celebration attracts around a million pilgrims.

Attendance grows every twelfth year, when the Magh Mela becomes the Allahabad Kumbha Mela.

In 1989, an estimated fifteen million pilgrims visited on just one day, with millions more arriving throughout the month.


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Hinduism - What Is Kalpavas? Who Are The Kalpavasis?

 

Kalpavas (meaning "dwelling for a kalpa") is a Sanskrit word that means "residence for a kalpa." During the annual Magh Mela event in Allahabad during the lunar month of Magh (January–February), a strict religious vow is made.

The confluence of two holy rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, is where Allahabad is located.

The fundamental religious rite of the celebration is bathing (snana) at this point.

Although most visitors only remain for a few days during the festival, kalpavasis, or persons who have taken the kalpavas vow, stay for the full month.

Kalpavasis also promise to follow a rigorous ascetic lifestyle that includes daily baths in the Ganges, a limited diet, specific attire and worship, and participation at religious meetings known as satsang.

 


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