Sunday, January 17, 2010

Maha Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Date(January 14-April 28,2010)

Maha Kumbh Mela, also known as the great Kumbh Mela, is conducted in every three years at each of the four distinct locations, namely Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain, Nasik and Haridwar. The next Maha Kumbh Mela is held at each destination on the completion of 12 years. Ardh mela on the other hand takes place six years after Maha Kumbh Mela at each of these locations. Maha Kumbh Mela is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of Hindus. It is celebrated on a grand scale in India. Maha Kumbh Mela witnesses the largest congregation of worshippers, who come from all parts of the country to meet the holy men as in yogis, sadhus, ascetics who have dedicated their lives in the devotion of Lord.
The holy learned men who assemble at the Mela to take holy bath exude spiritual vibrations that pave way for the purity of mind and soul of other people attending the Mela. Maha Kumbh mela has a lot of religious significance for people in India. It is said that whosoever performs the holy bathing ritual with pure mind and with complete trust in the divinity, derives maximum benefits. Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated at those spots, where the sacred nectar had fallen at the time of battle between the demons and Gods. During the Maha Kumbh mela, the devotees bask in the nectar or amrit. Here "Amrit" refers to the light of knowledge that will awaken your inner conscience and pave way for attaining enlightenment.

Kumbha (Kumbha means pot) Mela (means fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage that takes place at the following four locations of India

1. Prayag, Allahabad (in the state of Uttar Pradesh) at the confluence of three holy rivers - Ganga (Ganges), Yamuna and Saraswati
2. Haridwar (in the state of Uttar Pradesh) where the river Ganga enters the plains from Himalayas
3. Ujjain (in Madhya Pradesh), on the banks of shipra river, and
4. Nasik (in Maharashtra) on the banks of Godavari river.

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