Kumbh Mela in Haridwar(Last Updated 16 May, 2022)
One of the largest religious gatherings in the world, Kumbh Mela is held in Haridwar as well as Prayagraj, Ujjain, and Nashik. During Maha Kumbh, millions of pilgrims come together to take a holy dip in the River Ganges.
Maha Kumbh Mela is a holy gathering of devotees and is held after every 12 years at holy places, believed to have been blessed by drops of Amrit (elixir). This is one of the largest gatherings of Hindu devotees in India. Pilgrims bathe in the holy river Ganga at Haridwar, and it is believed that a dip in the sacred river absolves all the sins.
Mythology Behind Maha Kumbh Mela
According to Hindu Mythology, there were continuous wars between Devas and Asuras. To stop the endless fights, they concluded that instead of fighting for the heavenly nectar, they should come together and churn the Kshir Samudra (Milky Ocean). They agreed to divide it equally. The churning of the sea gave numerous gifts and the deadly poison (halahala), which was drunk by Lord Mahadev. The churning continued until the elixir was obtained. To save the elixir from the hands of Asuras, Devas hid the pot. The search for Amrit continued for 12 years. A few drops fell on earth in this chase, and now, at these four places, the Kumbh Mela is conducted. Every 12 years, a holy gathering takes place in the places sanctified by elixir.
Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar
Maha Kumbh Mela was organized in Haridwar in 2021 and the next Kumbh Mela will be held in Prayagraj in 2025. During the holy gathering, devotees will dip in the river Ganga. Due to the astronomical positions of the sun and other grahas (astrological figures), it is believed the waters at these places are charged with divine powers. Bhajans, kirtans, and chanting of hymns also take place on the river ghats. People offer prayers and perform pujas to appease the Gods.
How to Reach
Haridwar is well connected to the major cities of the nearby states by road. The city is easily accessible from Delhi (210 Km), Dehradun (90 km), and many important cities.
Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest railhead and is well connected with major train stations in India.
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airport to reach Kumbh Mela Haridwar. It is just 90 kilometers away from Haridwar city.