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Occasion: Kumbh Mela
Location: Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik
Festival Time: January- April
Legend: Celebrating the appearance of pot of nectar by
demigods and demons
Famous Rituals: Maha Snan(bath) to attain Nirvana
Religious Activities: Taking holy bath and offering
homage to God.
Kumbha Mela is world largest gathering of people who are highly religious
at heart. This popular fair is organized in the pious destinations in India,
namely, Prayag, in Allahabad(Uttar Pradesh), where the three mighty Ganga,
Yamuna and Saraswati meets; Haridwar(Uttar Pradesh), Shipra river in
Ujjain(Maghya Pradesh) and on Godavari river in Nasik(Maharashtra). The
large-scale 'mela' occurs four times in every twelve years, once at each of
the mentioned location. It not only attracts devotees in the country, but
also compel foreign tourist to have a glimpse of the holy faith encircling
Soul Connecting Legend of Kumbh Mela
The twin word Kumbha Mela has been derived from Sanskrit language.
According to Vedic scriptures Kumbh means the immortal pot of nectar and
Mela means festival. In a word, the festival is a celebration of the
appearance of the pot of nectar. Since, time immemorial it has treasured the
erstwhile days of God and demons. According to Vedic literature, demigods
and demons assembled together to churn out the milk ocean and produce
nectar, which if consumed, offers the power of immortality. It is said that
the churning first produced a poison, which was taken by Lord Shiva and a
few drops were sucked up by snakes, scorpions and alike creatures. The next
time, a mystical male person, Dhanvantari, appeared carrying the pot of
nectar. Both demigods and demons anxiously fought for it and lastly it fall
in the four places on the earth i.e Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik.
in Kumbh Mela
Astrologers says that Kumbh Mela takes place when the heavenly planet,
Jupiter enters the zodiac sign of Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries.
Accordingly, Ardh Kumbh occurs after every six years while Purna Kumbh take
places at Allahabad every twelve years.
Countless Maharishis and religious sadus, who have devoted their life to
worshiping God, visit the spot of Kumbh Mela and take part in sacred
bathing. Makar Sankranti Snan, Mauni Amavasya and Surya Grahan Snan, Basant
Panchami Snan, Ram Navami Snan and alike are fixed according to the
religious festival calendar. It is believed that a holy bath during Maha
Kumbh or Ardh Kumbh helps one to wash away all committed sins and attain
Kumbh Mela 2010
The forthcoming Kumbh Mela will be held on Haridwar, which is situated on
the foothills of Shivalik. This heavenly abode receives the Holy Ganges
cascading from the great Himalayan ranges. The religious extravaganza will
commence on 14th January 2010 and will continue till 28th April 2010. Har Ki
Paudi, in Haridwar is one of the holiest bathing ghat in the whole globe,
therefore preparation for the festivals has already been shoot up.