Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Me·​la | \ ˈku̇mməˌlä \

Definition of Kumbh Mela

: a Hindu festival occurring once every 12 years in one of four sacred sites where bathing for purification of sin is considered especially efficacious

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First Known Use of Kumbh Mela

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Kumbh Mela

Hindi kumbh melā festival in the sign of the zodiac Aquarius, from Sanskrit kumbha pot, Aquarius + melā assembly

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“Kumbh Mela.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kumbh%20Mela. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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