It is on these four places Kumbh is held every three years. Millions of people assemble in these towns. It is believed that a bath in the holy rivers in these towns would wash away all the sins of those who participate in the Melas. Several religious discourses ,discussions, prayers and assemblies are a regular feature. Another important ritual is poor feeding.
Mark Twain, a famous author ,on visiting the Kumbh Mela remarked," It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that and can make mutitudes upon multitudes of the old and the weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love,or it is done in fear,I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is the act born of it is beyond imagination and marvellous to our kind of people, the cold whites."