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Magh Mela Fair 2012 starts from 9th January 2012 at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India and ends on 20th February 2012 with Maha Shivratri Snan.
What is Magh Mela?
Magh Mela is a grand congregation of Hindu devotees in Magh month and Falgun month for more than 45 days. Magh Mela is also known as 'mini Kumbh Mela'.
What is Magh Mahina or Magh Month or Magh Mas?
Magh Mahina or Magha Mas, is the 11th month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. It is a highly auspicious month and the Magh Mela and Magh Snan at Sangam in Prayag takes place in this month. Makar Sankranti and Basant Panchami are also observed in Magh month. In 2012, Magh Month begins on January 9 and ends on February 7. (According to North Indian Calendars)
Magh Mela 2012 Schedule– Holy Dips calendar for Magh Mela 2012:
- January 9 (Paush Purnima)
- January 19 (Makar Sankranti)
- January 23 (Mauni Amavasya)
- January 28 (Basant Panchami)
- February 7 (Maghi Poornima)
- February 20 (Maha Shivratri)
Shatila Ekadasi and Achala Saptami are also importance days to perform Magh Mela punya snan.
Significance of Magh Mela:
It is widely believed that taking a holy dip at the Sangam (confluence of Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati) on the auspicious days during the Magh mela period will wash away the sins and lead the devotee to Moksha (end of birth-death cycle and merging with God) – the ultimate aim of Hindus.
Magh Mela Festival in Allahbad, India- Picture slideshow.
A temporary tent city is erected on the banks of Ganga in Allahabad during this period as devotees from allover the world come to take holy dip during the important dates of this event. Numerous religious organizations and ashrams erect separate camps for their followers.
A major highlight during the period is the Kalpavasis – temporary 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.
Click the link below to see the photos of Magh Mela 2012