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ORIGIN OF KUMBHMELA

In honored vedic Indian literatures origins of Kumbh Mela has been described that once Devas and Asuras assembled together to churn the ocean in a certain cosmos in desire for getting the nectar of immortality, For thousands of years god churned the ocean and once found Vishnu took the Nectar for Devas and escaped , drops from nectar fell on 4 places giving them mystical powers and dip at one of these places will cure you of your bad karma and passage to higher planes of spirituality becomes possible and these places came to be known as kumbhmela.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

It is not exactly known since when did people begin to hold Kumbh Mela; it is widely known how this spectacle of faith has attracted the curiosity of foreigners across the world. The famous Chinese traveler Hiuen-Tsang was probably the first person to mention Kumbh Mela in his diary.

In the 8th century, the great Indian saint Shankara popularized the Kumbh Mela among the common people. With each passing year the fair began to be attended by more and more people.

By 1977, the number of pilgrims attending Kumbh Mela had grown to a record 15 million! By 1989, the attendance was approximately 29 million!! Today, more than 60 million people is said to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela, making it the largest gathering anywhere in the world.

ASTROLOGICAL IMPORTANCE

Kumbh Mela is held at each of the four places namely Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain once in every 12 years. It is known to be a time when spiritual energy travels all around the place during this holy event. It's a social harmony where you get to see many saints and sadhakas gathering at one place. This event even gives you the chance of seeking the blessings of these pious saints.

The position of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter in different zodiac signs determines the location of the Kumbh in each of these places.

In Haridwar : When the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter is in Aquarius it is held in Haridwar.

Kumbh in Prayag : When the Sun is in Capricorn and Jupiter is in Taurus, it is held in Allahabad (Prayag).

Kumbh in Nasik : When Jupiter enters the zodiac sign Leo it is held in Nasik. It is also held in Nasik, when Jupiter, Sun and Moon enter the zodiac sign Cancer on Amavasya.

Kumbh in Ujjain : Ujjain, one of the most sacred places in India, is located on the banks of the sacred river Kshipra in the western region of Madhya Pradesh. Kumbh in Ujjain is held when a rare configuration of planets takes place which happens once in 12 years. When the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo, it is held in Ujjain.

Haridwar

Ujjain

Allahabad

Nashik

KUMBH LOCATIONS

Timings: It is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Jupiter, the sun and the moon.

Place/River Jupiter Sun Moon
Haridwar/Ganga Aquarius Aries Sagittarius
Prayag (Allahabad)/Ganga Taurus Capricorn Capricorn
Nasik/Godavari Leo Cancer Cancer
Ujjain/Shipra Leo Aries Aries

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND

Kumbh Mela - The Largest Congregation of Humanity

Kumbh Mela is the largest concentration of religious gathering in the world. Held once in 12 years this festival is a must visit during a trip to India.

Take a Dip Make a Wish

If you go by the Hindu mythologies, then this is the only time and place in the world where you can unburden your sins and achieve 'Nirvana' from the vicious cycle of birth and re birth. Take dips in the holy water of Ganges that is said to wash away all the sins of a person. Light a Diya and make a wish, they do come true!

Sojourn on the Ashrams on the Banks

To live among the Sadhus, who have dedicated their entire lives in meditation and fulfilling spiritual deeds is indeed a unique experience of life. In Haridwar there are many such Ashrams where tourists can stay to enjoy the life of a saint besides indulging into various Yoga and Meditation regimes.

Surrender to Peaceful Activities

dips three times in a day, attending yoga classes, listening to the divine lectures and participating in the cultural programmes are just a few of the activities that one can enjoy during the famous Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Travel to Haridwar and experience the inexperienced.

Rituals Performed at the Kumbh Mela

The main ritual performed at that Kumbh Mela is the ritual bath. Hindus believe that submerging themselves in the sacred waters on the most auspicious day of the new moon will absolve them and their ancestors of sin, thus ending the cycle of rebirth. Pilgrims start lining up to bathe from around 3 a.m. on this day.

As the sun comes up, the different groups of sadhus move in procession towards the river to bathe. The Nagas usually lead, while each group tries to outdo the others with more grandeur and fanfare. The moment is magical, and everyone is absorbed in it.

After bathing, the pilgrims wear fresh clothes and proceed to worship by the river bank. They then walk around listening to discourses from the various sadhus.