Kumbhamela is one of the great living ancient traditions on the planet. It is one of a kind of gatherings where no one is invited, but all will arrive on time when the planets align themselves. What makes them to come here is a mystery. Seeking, Devotion, Faith and Belief - If one wants to know the real meaning of these words then a visit to Kumbhamela is a must. To experience the spiritual and cultural integration of India one must visit the kumbhamela. It has something for everyone who visits to take home.
Word Kumbhamela is formed by two words, KUMBH in its literal English translation means POT or PITCHER, which emerged after the gods and demons, churned the milky ocean, and the term MELA mean FAIR. Kumbhamela meant distribution-not hoarding- of nectar. Kumbhamela far transcends the literal translation. Also full kumbha signifies knowledge, so essence of kumbhamela manifests in the form of knowledge, which liberates us while we are still living. Kumbh Mela is one of the largest spiritual gatherings on the planet. People come to kumbha mela with such tremendous faith and in such overwhelming numbers. They come by all means by bus, cars, ox drawn carts, horseback, camels and even elephants, some come by planes, the less affluent comes by walking carrying their belonging on their heads. Not only from India, travellers from around the world come here to kumbhamela. People believe that simply by taking bath in the holy river one is freed from their past sins and attains liberation from cycles of birth and death. The people come from all walks of life travelling long distances and tolerating many discomforts just to take a dip in the holy waters.
To accommodate date such large number of people visiting and taking bath on daily basis, enormous preparation needs to be done to successfully host the event without any disasters. A complete city will be raised with all the temporary facility like internal roads, Electricity, Water supply, drainage line, security arrangements, PDS (public distribution system) shops, media centre, hospital, toilet, bathrooms & parking arrangements will be setup. This is a city, which just pops up within no time and it will be completely brought down after the event. There are places where the authorities get as little as just eight weeks to set up the whole thing because they have to wait for the water at river basins to recede completely to start any constructions. The entire city rise, flourishes, fade and disappear in just less than five months. Creating such huge encampment requires multiple aspects of planning, management, engineering, electricity grids, waterlines and sanitation systems etc. Universities like Harvard, Design schools, medical institutions are coming to kumbhamela to study the Logistics, economics making behind it.