Vedic Astrologers

Dates of the Various Kumbh Melas

The dates are determined by the astrological alignment of the planets. Vedic astrologers determine the exact dates as the cities rotate through the 4 locations on the 12 year cycle, as shown in the chart below.

Kumbh Mela Dates
    Prayag near Allahabad   Trimbakeshwar near Narsik   Ujjaini   Hardwar near Rishikesh  
1983   Ardh Kumbh* (my first mela!)       Kumbh Mela      
1984   Magh Mela              
1985   Magh Mela              
1986   Magh Mela           Kumbh Mela  
1987   Magh Mela              
1988   Magh Mela              
1989   Maha Kumbh*              
1990   Magh Mela              
1991   Magh Mela              
1992   Magh Mela   Kumbh Mela       Ardh Kumbh  
1993   Magh Mela              
1994   Magh Mela              
1995   Ardh Kumbh       Kumbh Mela      
1996   Magh Mela              
1997   Magh Mela              
1998   Magh Mela           Kumbh Mela  
1999   Magh Mela              
2000   Magh Mela*              
2001   Maha Kumbh*              
2002   Magh Mela              
2003   Magh Mela   Kumbh Mela          
2004   Magh Mela         Ardh Kumbh  
2005   Magh Mela              
2006   Magh Mela              
2007   Ardh Kumbh       Kumbh Mela      
2008   Magh Mela              
2009   Magh Mela              
2010   Magh Mela           Kumbh Mela  
2011   Magh Mela              
2012   Magh Mela              
2013   Maha Kumbh              
  Maha Kumbh        




The Kumbh Mela is held in each city in 3 year rotation, repeating every 12 years. As you can see there is a “small” Magh Mela every year in Allahabad during the month of Magh (mid January – mid February). The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is held at both Allahabad and Hardwar. The Maha Kumbh Mela is only in Allahabad, once in 12 years (next in 2013).

Kumbh Mela 1998 Hardwar Main Bathing Days
Holy Days
Makar Sankranti 14th January 1998
Mauni Amavasya  
Basant Panchami 1st February 1998
Magh Purnima 11th February 1998
Mahashivratri 25th February 1998
other dates

05.Chaitra Amavasya28th March ’98 (2nd Shahi Snan)

06.Nav Samvatsar28 / 29th March ’98

07.Ramnavmi05th April ’98

08.Vaishakhi13th April ’98

09.Mesh Sankranti14th April ’98 (Main Bathing Day)

10.Vaishakh Amavasya26th April ’98

11.Akshaya Tritiya29th April ’98

Kumbh Mela 2001 Main Bathing Days
the bathing festivals during the kumbh 2001 were:

Holy Days
Paush Purnima  9th January 2001 Tuesday
Makar Sankranti 14th January 2001 Sunday
Mauni Amavasya 24th January 2001  Wednesday
Basant Panchami 29th January 2001 Monday
Magh Purnima 8th February 2001 Thursday
Mahashivratri 21st February 2001 Wednesday

It was incredible… I would suggest being there next time,

in 12 years, or just next year at the Magh Mela.

Recommended Visiting Days if your time is limited!
tent, food, and camp plans need to be pre booked:

# of Weeks
# of Days
Four weeks   6th January 3rd February 28 days
Three weeks 6th January 27th January 21 days
Two weeks 13th January 27th January  14 days
One week 20th January 27th January 7 days
Other options 6th January 10th February 35 days


Kumbh Mela 2003-2004 TRIMBAKESHWAR Dates

Kumbhmela will be held from July 30th, 2003 thru Aug. 27th 2004.

DwajaRohan : start of the Kumbhmela : July 30th, 2003
KumbhMela Samapti : End of the Kumbhmela : Aug. 27th, 2003
Main Events known as Shahi snan. The dates for Shahi snan are as follows :
Pratham (first) Snan : Shravan Pornima(full moon), Aug. 12th, 2003
Dwitiy (second) Snan : MAHA PARVA – Shravan Amavasya(new moon), Aug. 27th, 2003
Tritiy (third) Snan : Bhadrapad Amavasya(new moon), Sept. 10th, 2003