1. When is it and Where is it Held?
The Kumbh, in Hinduism, is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years.
Geographically, the Kumbh Mela is held at one of four locations in India. The venue is selected on a rotational basis among four pilgrimage sites near the rivers considered to be sacred in the Hindu religion:
- Haridwar in Uttarakhand (Ganga river)
- Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh (Shipra river)
- Nashik in Maharashtra (Godavari river)
- Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh (at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical river Sarasvati)
After the selection of the venue, the celebrations are determined on the basis of a distinct set of astrological positions of the sun, the moon, and Jupiter.
As per the Kumbh Mela’s official website, “the celebrations occur at the exact moment when these positions are fully occupied, as it is considered to be the holiest time in Hinduism.”
Preparations for the latest iteration of the Kumbh are underway at Prayagraj (Allahabad), with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath personally committing himself to hosting "a great and grand" celebration.