Kumbha Mela 2021, despite the restrictions, began in Haridwar on January 14 and will last until April 27. It is the largest festival in the world and is attended by millions of people every year. The past Kumbha Mela in Haridwar was visited by about 70 million people in 2010.
Kumbha Mela is held every 12 years, however this year it is held after the 11th year due to planetary positions. The festival has several important dates worth celebrating – these are the days of ablution. In total, there will be nine major sacred ablutions in the Ganges this year, starting on January 14th, the day of Makar Sankranti.
There are four more ablutions that are most important during this festival. The first – Mahashivaratri festival, which falls on March 11; the second – April 12, the day of Somvati Amavasya; Sankranti and Baysaki on April 14th, and finally on the full moon day, April 27th.