One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Hindu festival and assembly, held once every twelve years at four locations in India, at which pilgrims bathe in the waters of the Ganges and Jumna Rivers.
- ‘Thus there is a Kumbh Mela every three years but the greatest is that staged in Allahabad.’
- ‘I predict that this Kumbh Mela will outclass and completely overshadow the publicity and value of Harry Potter.’
From Sanskrit, literally ‘pitcher festival’, from kumbh ‘pitcher’ + melā ‘assembly’.
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