Magh Mela is the smaller version of the Kumbha Mela. It is so called because it is held in the months of January and February every year. Held annually every year, it is a religious event or the great bathing festival. Sangam is the holy confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati. Its banks are the host of the annual Magh Mela every year. Every twelfth year, the Magh Mela is converted to the Kumbha Mela, when millions of pilgrims congregate to celebrate the remarkable event. Uttar Pradesh is flooded with tourists during this time.
The Magh Mela starts every year on the day of Makar Sankranti in January. It is also the first important bathing day as per the religious Hindu calendar. This festival in the form of annual fair, which continues for a month or so, has many visitors to participate in the annual bathing festival. During the event, there is a strict vigilance and thorough security arrangements on the bank of the river Sangam.
Many people visit the holy city of Allahabad in these two months to take a dip in the river on Makar Sankranti. Hindu mythology considers the origin of the Magh Mela to be the beginning of the Universe. Kumbha Mela is held once in twelve years, which is considered as the biggest and the most massive gathering on the earth.
Bathing in the river Sangam is considered very holy as it is at the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is assumed by the devotees and the believers of the Hindu religion that bathing here washes away all the sins of life. Every year, when the Magh Mela is held, a temporary township comes up on the banks of the river Sangam to provide shelter to millions of people. One must visit Uttar Pradesh during this time to witness the religious fanfare which India is so famous for.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/16