Haridwar Kumbh Mela - Maha Kumbh Mela Haridwar
Kumbh Mela is one of the biggest events for the Indian Hindu community. It is the command of faith that can part a river, move mountains and continue the needs that come bundled up for individual an important part of Kumbh Mela, a worshippers of millions, gathered together to be flowing from the inhuman earthly cycle of life and death and move towards a delightful realm, which discerns no suffering or pain.
It's the mythological the past of India and the sacred holy texts that join us carnal souls to an endless hope - things will be better, without the ever-forthcoming terror of them getting worse that cripples us here. "An eternal life free of sins" is assured that comes attached with the wonderful event of Kumbh Mela. It's a promise to which millions want to be bound with, and it is this promise that has made Kumbh Mela what it is at present.
Myth has it that in the mythological era, throughout a waging war between the gods and demons for the possession of elixir of endless life, a few drops of it had fallen on to 4 places that are at present well-known as Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik. It is believed that these drops gave supernatural powers to these places.
It is to make oneself gain on those powers that Kumbh Mela has been celebrated in each of the 4 places since long as one can memorize. The normal Kumbh Mela is held every 3 years, the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is held every 6 years at Haridwar and Allahabad (Prayag) while the Purna (complete) Kumbh mela takes place every 12 years, at 4 places Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik, based on planetary positions. The Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated at Prayag after 144 years (after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas').
Depending on what movements and position of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter hold in that era in different zodiac signs, the place for Kumbh Mela is decided. When Jupiter and the sun are in the zodiac sign Leo (Singh Rashi) it is held in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik; when the sun is in Aries (Mesha Rashi) it is celebrated at Haridwar; when Jupiter is in Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi) and the sun is in Capricorn (Makar Rashi) Kumbha Mela is celebrated at Prayag and Jupiter and the sun are in Scorpio (Vrishchik Rashi) the Mela is celebrated at Ujjain. Each site's celebration dates are calculated in advance according to a special combination of zodiacal positions of Sun, Moon, and Jupiter.
The main event of the festival is ritual bathing at the banks of the river in whichever city it is being held. Other activities include religious planning, devotional singing, mass feeding of holy men and women and the poor, and religious assemblies where doctrines are debated and standardized. Kumbh Mela is the most sacred of all the pilgrimages. 1000s of holy men and women attend, and the auspiciousness of the fair is in part attributable to this. The sadhus are seen clad in saffron sheets with ashes and powder dabbed on their skin per the requirements of very old traditions. Some, called naga sanyasis, may not wear any clothes even in severe winter.
Next Kumbh Mela in Ujjain 2016
Ujjain is an olden city of Malwa area in central India, on the eastern bank of the Kshipra River and is at present a part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is regarded as one of the 7 sacred cities (Sapta Puri) of the Hindus and is one of the 4 sites along with Prayag (Allahabad), Hardwar and Nasik that host the Kumbh Mela, and attracts a millions of Hindu pilgrims from around the humankind.