Kumbh Mela is one of the largest pious gatherings in the world. Devotees and pilgrims from all parts of the world visit India particularly to be a part of this holy event. The divine celebration offers great peace and power to devotees. Held in Uttarakhand’s holiest city Haridwar, Kumbh Mela extends for one and a half month on the banks of River Ganga . A holy dip in Ganga is regarded as the purest. The festival is flocked by number of Sadhus, Sants, Swamis and devotees from all parts of India and across the globe. Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar is held after every six years.
Mythology Behind Kumbh Mela
According to Hindu mythology, Kumbh Mela recalls the victory of demigods over demons. Basically, it is believed that Kumbh Mela dates back to the time when demigods and demons churned the milk ocean in order to attain the power of immortality or nectar of immortality, with an agreement of sharing the nectar.
Further, demigods escaped with nectar pot, due to which demons chased them for twelve years. In this chase nectar got spilled at four different places- Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik. Owing to such facts, these four places are considered to be the most pious regions in the world. As the chase continued for twelve years, Kumbh Mela is celebrated at four different places after every twelve years, on the basis of yearly rotation.
During Kumb Mela, it is said that the holy rivers water turn into nectar cleansing all your sins and faults for lifetime. It is great fun to be at this blessed place. Moreover, you can also read the description about Kumbh in the four great epics of the Hindus- Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana.
Kumbh Mela Celebrations
Holding largest religious gathering, the main attraction of Kumbh Mela in Haridwar is its rituals- the worship ceremony. Devotees here perform the worship ceremony with great enthusiasm and devotion. The holy dip in Ganga is performed by all Sadhus, Sants and devotees. In fact, it is believed that if you take a holy bath all your past sins get disappeared. It is one among the perfect places to offer sincere prayers and get the blessing of Lord.