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Kumbh Mela holds a great importance for people in India and abroad. It enables them to take a holy dip in the sacred water and wash away all the sins they have committed in the past. People come from different parts of the country to be a part of this sacred ceremony. It is believed that taking a holy dip in water makes a way to be attached to God and Moksha too. 

The importance of this Mahakumbh is more because of Prayag. Rig Veda has a mention about the significance of convergence of river Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati at Prayag or Sangam. The ashram of the learned Bharadvaja, where Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita lived at the time of their exile, was situated at Sangam. It is expected that a number of saints including the great Shankaracharya and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will visit Sangam and observe the Kumbh Mela. The great Indian epics such the Ramayana and Mahabharata have mentioned that a Yagna was conducted by Lord Brahma at Sangam.

The Twelve-Year Cycle of Mahakumbh:

The Kumbh Mela takes place at every three years in four places – Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. As it is the tradition that the location will be changed in every three years so it takes twelve years for the mela to take place in the same place and when it does, it’s called the Purna Kumbh Mela or Maha Kumbh .This has been a strong tradition followed by the Hindus since the Vedic period. Indian mythology has many a story about it which dates to a period which is way back in time. Among them one which is most believed is that during Samudra Manthan (Ocean Churning) 14 gems were found and were divided between asuras and gods. Finally, Dhanvantari, the heavenly physician, emerged with a pot containing Amrita, the heavenly nectar of immortality. To protect the nectar from Asuras, the divine Garuda took the pot, and flew away from the battle-scene. It is believed that four drops of nectar fell down on Earth at four places - Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. This legend is the basis for the belief that these places acquired a certain mystical power and spirituality.A Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated at the four places at every twelve years for this reason. The Ardha Kumbh (Half Kumbh) is a six-year cycle which takes every six years.

Maha Kumbh Mela Important Dates:

Following are the auspicious dates for The Royal Bath

  • January 27 2013 – Paush Purnima
  • February 6 2013 – Ekadashi Snan
  • February 10 2013 – Mauni Amavasaya Snan
  • February 15 2013 – Basant Panchami Snan
  • February 17 2013 – Rath Saptami Snan
  • February 18 2013 – Bhishma Ekadashi Snan
  • February 25 2013 – Maghi Purnima Snan

 

 

 

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