Main Bathing Dates
14th January, Monday
Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious days of the year, as it is the day that the Sun – which represents spiritual light and divine knowledge – moves from Dakshinayana, or the southward movement of the Sun (the “night” of the devatas), to Uttarayana, its northward movement (the “day” of the devatas) . This day is celebrated throughout India is many ways and is a major harvest festival, and many will take holy dips in the sacred Sangam on this day.
27th January, Sunday
This day is the full moon of the Hindu month of Paush, and it is considered the last full moon of winter. This is the first main bath of the Kumbha mela.
10th February, Sunday
Mauni Amavasya Snan
This is the main bathing day for all the saints and sadhus who have come to the Kumbha, and many are initiated into monastic orders on this day. Millions upon millions of people will converge on the banks of the Sangam to bathe this day, with the first baths being led by different sections of Hindu holy men and women.
15th February, Friday
Basant Panchami Snan
The day marks the beginning of Spring, and it is a time when people engage in prayer and take baths in the Sangam to pray for the blessings of a prosperous harvest and Spring.
17th February, Sunday
Rath Saptami Snan
This day is dedicated to the Sun God Lord Surya, who rides a chariot pulled by seven horses, and it considered an especially auspicious day for prayer and bathing.
18th February, Monday
Bhisma Ekadashi Snan
While lying on his deathbed of arrows at the end of the war in the great Indian epic the Mahabharata, Bhishma is said to have revealed the one thousand names of Lord Vishnu (the Vishnu SahasranamaSothram) to Yudhishtira, the eldest brother and king of the Pandavas, on this day. Thus, it is considered to be a particularly auspicious day.
25th February, Monday
Maghi Purnima Snan
The last main snan of the Kumbha Mela, this particular snan falls on the full moon of the Hindu month of Magha.