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Magh Mela 2019 dates at Sangam in Allahabad – Prayag - Importance of Magha Mela in Uttar Pradesh

Magh Mela is an important annual Hindu ritual held on the banks of Sangam (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayag (modern day Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh. In 2019, Magh Mela begins on January 15 and ends on March 4. Ardh Kumbh Mela will be held in 2019. 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 2019 are:

January 15 (Makar Sankranti)
January 21 (Paush Purnima)
February 4 (Mauni Amavasya)
February 10 (Basant Panchami)
February 19 (Maghi Poornima)
and March 4 (Maha Shivratri)

Why is Magh Mela Held?

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.

Prime reason for the holy dip is liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

How Big is the Festival?

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.

Where to Stay?

A large number of people arrive here annually and stay in makeshift houses or tents at the Sangam, spending the entire month of Magh in prayers.

The accommodation options are:
Government sponsored tents.
Temporary accommodation provided by ashrams and spiritual centers.
Hotels.