UNESCO inscribes 'kumbh Mela' on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
UNESCO has inscribed 'kumbh Mela' on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of ...
UNESCO has inscribed 'kumbh Mela' on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The decision was taken during the ongoing 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage at Jeju in South Korea. This inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of 'Yoga' and 'Nouroz' on 1st December 2016. The Committee observed that 'Kumbh Mela' is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth.
The festival is held in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik, represents a syncretic set of rituals related to worship and ritual cleansing in holy rivers in India
The legend around KumbhMela includes the battle between Gods and Demons over a pot of Amrit (Nectar of immortality). In the ensuing battle between Devas and Asuras, a few drops of this nectar fell in Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik and since then KumbhMela has been held in these places.
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