Kumbh Mela is a big affair for India – it is famous across the world. The Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, and Ujjain Simhastha are traditionally known as the four Kumbh Melas – a form of Hindu pilgrimage.
Around 120 million people visited the Kumbh Mela in 2013 at the Maha Kumbh held at Allahabad. Allahabad will be hosting the Kumbh Mela next year too. And with a unique feature – you can turn your selfies into postal stamps.
The floating post offices that will be set up on the rivers Ganga and Yamuna will allow you to turn your selfies into postal stamps, under the Indian government’s ‘My Stamp’ scheme. And these stamps will be real – you can use them to send a post anywhere in India.
Director of postal services, S.K.Rai told TOI, “Visitors would be required to fill a form and submit it with their photographs along with Rs 300. The department will scan the photograph and then create a personalised postal stamp of Rs 5 denomination. People would also be able to click photographs on the spot for the stamps.”
How interesting is it?
The Indian Post Office is known to create a variety of stamps on different themes like yoga, monuments etc.
Did you know how the Kumbh Mela got its name?
It is said that Lord Vishnu dropped four drops of amrit (immortality nectar) to four places in India. He was carrying it in a Kumbh. That’s how we got the name ‘Kumbh’ Mela. Mela meaning a fair.
If you have visited a Kumbh Mela, do let us know about your experiences in the comments.