Magh Mela is the largest Spiritual gathering to pray and take bath in Sangam: The confluence of three Rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Prayagraj (formerly known as Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh, India. A whole new city is created for a month long celebration on the Banks of Sangam.
‘Magh’ is the name of month in Hindi (or Hindu) Calendars which falls during the Months of January-February and ‘Mela’ means ‘Fete’.
This year, i.e., in 2022 this festival will start on 14/15th of January 2022 with Holy bathing of Makar Sankranti and will end on 1st March on the occasion of Mahashivratri streching to around 47days. The major Snan Parvs or commonly called Snans are Paush Purnima, Basant Panchmi, Mauni Amavasya, Magh Purnima and Mahashivratri.
The major activity during Magh Mela is Kalpvas. Sadhu-Sants and Devotees live on the banks of Sangam in Tents without any luxury or comfort and offer prayers and bath in Sangam. This is called Kalpvas. Kalp comes from Hindi work ‘Sankalp’ which means Oath and Vas in Hindi means to Stay. So Kalvas basically means the oath of Staying at banks of Sangam and worship God.
Each and every day of bathing has different spiritual beliefs in the Hindu Scriptures and Literature. Sadhus, Sant’s from different Hindu communities gather here and take bath at the Holy Sangam.
Magh Mela is the largest holy gathering in whole world and has significant attraction to people around the world.
On every 6 years Ardh Kumbh is celebrated and on 12 years Kumbh is celebrated. The Subh Muhurat for Snans are decided according to the planetary positions and calculations in Hindu Dharma. People from all religions and community take dip in Sangam during this Sacred Month.
Despite of COVID19 last year in 2021 Magh Mela was successfully organized and executed with the mutual understanding and collaboration of State Government, Local Administration, Sadhu-Sants and the Devotees visiting Prayagraj to take a dip in Sangam.
This year there is a possibility that Magh Mela will be organized at a smaller scale with COVID Protocols and precautions in place as the World and India is facing a spike in COVID cases along with Omicron variant influence.
To visit Prayagraj Sangam – The Kumbh Nagri you can conviniently choose Road, Rail and Air as medium of transport. Prayagraj has easy connectivity through all the means of transport.
Prayagraj has fully functional Civil Airport (IXD) with flights operating to and fro from major cities and Airports like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, etc.
Also, Prayagraj Junction (PRYJ) is a major Junction with Train Connectivity from all the parts of India. Major Stations at Prayagraj (Allahabad) apart from Prayagraj Junction (PRYJ) is Prayagraj Cheoki (PCOI), Prayagraj Rambagh (PRRB), Praygraj Sangam (PYGS), Prayag (PRG), Naini (NYN) and Subedarganj (SFG).
Road Connectivity is easy from Major Cities like Lucknow, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Chitrakoot, Kanpur, Rewa, Satna, etc.
Magh Mela Snan’s 2022
The schedule of Magh Mela Snan’s 2022 are as below:
14/15 January 2022: Makar Sankranti
17 January 2022: Paush Purnima
1st February 2022: Mauni Amavasya
5th February 2022: Vasant/Basant Panchami
8th February 2022: Achla Saptami
16th February 2022: Maghi Purnima
1st March 2022: Mahashivratri