24 December 2012

Special cover on Prayag Mahakumbha..



This special cover was issued in 2001 to commemorate New Millenium Mahakumbh Mela,Allahabad 2001. 

ALLAHABAD: To showcase the historical, mythical and spiritual significance of Prayag Maha Kumbh, Department of Posts has planned to issue Special Covers (envelopes), as a souvenir for devotees coming from across the world.

Krishna Kumar Yadav director Postal Services Allahabad Region said to make the event historical, the department will issue six special covers showcasing six important baths. These will be released on Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2013), Paus Purnima (January 27), Mauni Amwasya (February 10), Basant Panchami (February 15), Magh Purnima (February 25) and Mahashivratri (March 10, 2013).

The Times of India

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Kumbh Mela 

Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges, river Godavari and river Kshipra, where bathing for purification from sin is considered especially efficacious.

The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas', or 144 years, is held at Allahabad.


Mahakumbha 2013

Allahabad, one of the prominent and sacred cities of india, is described with great reverence in ancient scriptures as Prayag or Teerathraj, i.e. 'the holiest pilgrimage centre, The city is situated at the confluence of India's holiest rivers - The Ganga, The Yamuna and The Mythical Saraswati. The Sangam, as the confluence of these three rivers is called, is the venue of sacred fairs & rituals and attracts large number of pilgrims throughout the year. With the irresistible attraction of Kumbh Fair, hailed as the world's largest congregation of Devotees, the glory of the city has certainly doubled. The Kumbh Fair is held every 12th year and Ardh Kumbh Fair every 6th year

Maha Kumbh has a mesmerizing influence over the minds of Indians as it is witness to the largest human garthering in history for the same cause on a single day irrespective of any worldy barriers of caste, creed, colour and religion. It is once in a lifetime experience seeing millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come together for a common goal-this spectacle of Faith is truly unforgettable.

This festival is held in highest regard as the ritual bath in the sacred water on this day saturated with flower & incense fragrance amidst chanting of vedic hyms and mantras liberates one from all suffering and miseries of life . The Kumbh Mela considered the most sacred and greatest of Indian festivals where the ceremonial dip in the Holy river is an important ritual. It is believed that bathing on the auspicious days cleanses one of all sins and attains Moksha (meaning liberation from the cycle of life, Death and Rebirth).



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