Magh Mela is basically the smaller version of the Kumbha Mela. Magh Mela is so called because, unlike the Kumbha Mela which is held once in every twelve year, this meal is takes place every year in the months of January and February. This fair is conducted every year in Uttar Pradesh on the banks of river Sangam. Sangam is the holy confluence of the rivers Yamuna, Ganga and Saraswati and therefore, it is considered to be very holy by the people of the Hindu religion. On every twelfth year, the Magh Mela is converted to the Kumbha Mela.
Important facts about the Magh Mela
The Magh Mela is generally held every year in the month of January on the day of Makar Sankranti. This day is also perceived as the first important bathing day in the sacred Hindu calendar. This fair continues for almost a month and it attracts several devotees from different parts of India.
Important rituals and practice of the fair
There are several rituals and customs that are being performed at this fair. One such important ritual is taking a dip in the holy river Sangam. The devotees believe that bathing here can purify a man from his sins. During the period of Magh Mela a temporary township is also being setup on the banks of the river Sangam to provide necessary items and shelter to the thousands of devotees. Besides, the government of Uttar Pradesh also arranges for proper security measures to provide proper protection to the devotees who come over to this holy pilgrim spot from different places.