Kumbh Mela is one of the most holy festivals celebrated across India. This mela (fair) is held every 12 years. The main pilgrim cities where this festival is held are - Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad. This Mela is one of the best times to visit the pilgrim centers or cities and be a part of the traditions and culture of India.
About Kumbh Mela:
There is a legend that revolves around the celebration of this massive Indian mela (fair). The story says that when Lord Indra was serving his penance; he had mistakenly dropped the holy nectar in four cities as he was being chased by the other Gods and Goddess for the pot of the holy nectar. Then in these four pure cities namely - Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad the festivals started to happen.
The astrological calculation:
Maha Kumbh Mela is held when planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries.
Kumbh Mela at Haridwar:
Kumbh Mela (fair) is held in Haridwar on the Har ki Pauri ghat. This Ghat is on the banks of the holy river Ganga. During this Kumbh Festival, thousands of pilgrims from across India take a dip in the holy Ganga water to clean their past sins. This fair includes long Hindu pujas, bathing in the Ganga water and worshipping at Hindu temples. This Festival was last held in the year of 2010, the next Kumbh Festival at Haridwar will be held in the year 2022. At Haridwar the main attractions are long devotional songs, feeding of holy men, Hindu priests, women, and poor people of all form.
Kumbh Mela - What to Do:
During the Kumbh Festival at Haridwar a massive crowd comes on the Har-ki-Pari Ghat and many religious and commercial camps are set up. The main rituals during this Pilgrims is to light a diya (lamp) and send it afloat on the Ganga and make a wish. There are four main ghats in Haridwar - Har Ki Pauri Ghat, Asthi Parvi ghat, Subhash Ghat and Gau ghat.
Other Things to do at Kumbh
- Enjoy an evening on the ghats and be a part of the Maha Aarti.
- Enjoy conversing with Shirshasins, Priests and other fellow travelers across the world who stand all 24 hours and meditate for hours standing on their heads.
- Face towards northwards towards from the Har ki Pauri Ghat and enjoy a mesmerizing view of the peaks of Himalayas.
- People seeking internal peace can book themselves in the famous yoga ashram in the town and enroll in Yoga and Ayurveda programs.
- Pilgrims stay in the various ashram and dharamshala (small and cheap hotels) set up during this festival and enjoy a wonderful stay with the other pilgrims.