Magh Mela 2016 dates at Sangam in Allahabad – Prayag - Magha Mela in 2016

Magh Mela is an important annual Hindu ritual held on the banks of Sangam (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayag (modern day Allahabad). In 2016, Magh Mela begins on January 14 and ends on March 7. Magh Mela is also known as mini Kumbh Mela and is held in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The main ritual involves taking a holy dip (bathing) at Sangam on auspicious dates. It must be noted here that Magh Mela is not confined to the Magh month and the important bathing dates are spread over a period of 45 days.

The important dates during Magh Mela 2016 are:
January 14 and 15 (Makar Sankranti)
January 23 (Paush Purnima)
February 8 (Mauni Amavasya)
February 12 (Basant Panchami)
February 22 (Maghi Poornima)
and March 7 (Maha Shivratri)

It is widely believed that taking a holy dip at the Sangam on the auspicious days during the period will wash away the sins and will lead to Moksha (merging with the Supreme Soul) – the ultimate aim of Hindus.

Important bathing dates during Magh mela attract nearly a million Hindu devotees. A temporary tent city is erected on the banks of Ganga in Allahabad. Numerous religious organizations and ashrams erect separate camps for their followers.

A major highlight during the period is the Kalpavasis – pilgrims who live in these camps during the period of the Magh Mela.

It must be noted here that when Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumbh Mela takes place at Prayag, Magh Mela is not held.