Friday, January 8, 2010

Kumbha Mela 2010 - Haridwar

Kumbha Mela is celebrated in Haridwar this year. It is the religious event which gathers a millions of people from around the world. 2010 Kumbha Mela will take place from 14th January to 28th April 2010. The word Kumba means pot and mela means fair. The history behind kumbha mela is that, when God's lost their strenght they began churning of ocean of milk for amirt in-order to regain their strengths. The Asuras helped them in churning the ocean with a condition that half of the portion should be given to them. Once the amirta appeared fight began between them which lasted of 12 years. So when Lord Vishnu flew away with the pot of amirt it fell on earth in 4 places namely Prayag, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. It is considered sacred taking bath on the rivers Ganga, Godavari, Yamuna and Sarawathi during Kumba mela. The Kumba Mela shifts four times between these four locations every 12 years. Maha Kumbha Mela occurs every 144 years. Last time millions and millions of people gathered Kumba Mela... The bathing dates for Kumhbamela are
14th,15th,20th,30th of January
12th February
15th, 16th and 24th , 30th March
14th and 28th of April

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