Kumbh Mela exploration
Though Kumbh Melas take place in four cities of India but the most accredited and magnanimous is Allahabad Kumbh Mela.
Culture, traditions, rituals, socio-religious practices and underlying Sanatana Dharma or Hindu ethos can be seen and
experienced in its most colorful and lively form. After breakfast, sally out to explore innumerable aspects of Hindu culture.
A temporary city crops up on the wide banks of the Ganga. The vast expanse is filled with camps of different sets of people
and populations: military and police camps are the most extensive, surveillance is widespread; afterwards there are the camps
that host the various saints & ‘sadhus’ (hermits), some real ashrams, where the "head" Sadhu settles with his retinue and
receives the pilgrims with their offerings, dispenses blessings and teachings. The Naga sadhu, the most spectacular because
of being naked ones with religiously codified behavior, live more secluded and are more difficult to approach. The crowd is
a river of colors that descends smiling towards the ghat where bathing rituals takes place. The holy dip in the Sangam is
performed for complete purification. In the evening, the Sangam is spectacular. The crowd descends towards the illuminated Sangam.
They carry out Ganga Arti ritual, the fire ceremony. The devotees softly rest a minuscule boat-shaped leaf carrying a duly
lit earthen lamp. The pilgrims offer flowers, fruits and leaves as reverence to Mother Ganga.
Hanuman Temple, Allahabad Fort & Patalpuri Temple can also be visited. Later in the evening, return to camp / hotel for
leisure and overnight stay.