Kumbh Mela :-
It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. The largest religious gathering in the world, the Kumbh Mela brings Hindu holy men together to discuss their faith and disseminate information about their religion. It's attended by millions of people each day. Theoretically, it should happen every three years in a different place. However, the exact time and place of the festival depends on astrological and religious considerations. There is also a Maha Kumbh Mela, which is held once every 12 years. In between, in the sixth year, the Ardh Kumbh Mela (half mela) takes place as well. The Ardh Kumb Mela occurs in both Allahabad and Haridwar.
When is the Next Kumbh Mela :
- 2015 Kumbh Mela in Nashik (August 15 to September 13, 2015)
- 2016 Kumbh Mela in Ujjain (April 22 to May 21, 2016)
What is the Legend behind the Kumbh Mela ?
The legend behind Kumbh Mela is that the gods once lost their strength and in order to regain it, they agreed with the demons to churn the primordial ocean of milk for amrit (the nectar of immortality). It was decided to be shared equally between them. However, a fight broke out, which went on for 12 human years. During the battle, the celestial bird, Garuda, flew away with the Kumbh that held the nectar. Drops of nectar are believed to have fallen in the places -- Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain where the Kumbh Mela is now held.