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Top 5 reasons to attend the Kumbh Mela 2015

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How exciting would it be to experience the world’s largest religious gathering first-hand? It’s a matter of great pride that this religious gathering is held in India, and that people from all over the world flock here to be a part of it. What are we talking about, you ask? We’re talking about the Kumbh Mela, one of the most sacred and most-celebrated festivals of India. According to legend, when the Gods and Demons were fighting over nectar, Lord Vishnu flew away with the pot of nectar spilling drops of it in four places – Haridwar, Nashik, Ujjain and Prayag. These are the places where the Kumbh Mela is celebrated at. The Kumbh Mela 2015 will be held in Nashik from 14th July to 25th September. Here are a few reasons why you must attend the Kumbh Mela at least once in your life:

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It is, literally, the largest human gathering in the world

And we’re not exaggerating. By 1977, 15 million people were reported to have attended the Kumbh Mela, and over time this number has increased to about 60-80 million. Such is the attendance that it has become really difficult to actually record the number of people who flock here to pay homage to the River Ganga. There are several Kumbh Mela hotels to accommodate this sheer number of locals and tourists, so don’t worry, your stay will be taken care of.

It is a festival that’s renowned across the world

There aren’t many people who haven’t heard of the Kumbh Mela. Most of these people are awed, while others put “attend the Mela” right at the top of their bucket-list. Millions of people attend the Kumbh Mela to take a dip into the holy river and to experience what is one of the holiest and hallowed events to take place in the world. People of all religions, castes and races are as excited about the Kumbh Mela as the Hindus.

It is a festival to reflect and rediscover oneself

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We can all agree that the Kumbh Mela is not only the biggest but also the most spiritual festivals in the world. This event allows one to reflect on life and all its mysteries on one’s own time, and rediscover the self to live life anew. When you’re in the presence of mystic sadhus and the holy river and all of that spiritual vibe, it’s not a wonder then that even foreigners seek out this festival to attain nirvana.

You get to participate in some unique rituals

Hindus believe that taking a dip into the River Ganges on the most auspicious day of the Mela will absolve them of all their sins. Taking this belief into consideration, devotees start gathering at the banks of the river as early as 3 am in the morning! Sadhus, Nagas, devotees and tourists alike compete to get in first place, which is truly a fun sight to behold!

You get to experience life in mass tents

One of the most fabulous experiences you can get at the Kumbh Mela 2015 is living in camps and tents for a few days. This Kumbh Mela hotel in Nashik is one of the best tent-style hotels that offer the best in comfort and luxury. So while you’re wondering the how’s and why’s of tent-living, check out this Kumbh Mela hotel and make your bookings ASAP! Living in a tent for a couple of days will also let you experience the festival sadhu-style, which is the best perk there is!

Have you ever attended the Kumbh Mela? Will you be attending the Kumbh Mela 2015? Share your experiences and opinions in the comments section!

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Nikita is a total and complete bookworm. She’s also a writer and a dreamer who dreams of travelling far and wide. Her other very important dream is to one day, very soon, write books for children.

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