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Kumbh Mela: Meaning, History, Significance


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Kumbh Mela: Meaning, History, Significance


Kumbh Mela 2021 Date: 14th January

Meaning of Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest festivals which are celebrating among the Hindus. It is celebrating every three years. Peoples are celebrating the festival by going to a Temple in the hope of washing away their past sins. The Kumbh Mela has the largest gathering, as lakhs of the devotees are coming from all over the country. The mela is organized every three years and the location switches between the four different locations such as Prayag, Ujjain, Nasik, and Haridwar. So, the Kumbh Mela returns to each location after a gap of 12 years.

The meaning of Kumbh is a Life-giving drink. And it says that the story behind this mela going back to the time when the gods were used to resides on the earth. It is said that Sage Durvasa’s curse had made weak them and the demons caused destruction in the world. Then, Lord Brahma advised the Gods to churn out the nectar of immortality with the help of asuras. But the asuras came to know that the gods have planned not to share the nectar with them so they chased them for 12 days during which the nectar fell at the four locations where Kumbh Mela is still organized.

The exact dates of the Kumbh Mela are calculated according to the combination of the zodiac positions of the planets such as Jupiter, the Sun, and the Moon. This year the mela will be organized from 15th of January with the timing Tuesday to 4th of March with the timing, Monday.

Kumbh Mela places

  • Prayagraj
  • Haridwar
  • Ujjain
  • Nashik

History of Kumbh Mela

The History of Kumbh Mela is transcribed in the tradition. Kumbh Mela is originated from the 8th-century philosopher name Shankara, who is a regular gathering of learned topics for discussion and debate. The founding history of the Kumbh Mela—attributed to the Puranas (the collections of myth and legend) that recounts how the gods and demons fought over the pot of amrita (Kumbha), the fall of immortality which is produced by their joint churning of the milky ocean. During the struggle or war, some drops of the elixir fell on the Kumbh Mela’s four earthly locations, and the rivers are believed to turn back into that spiritual nectar at the climactic moment of each, that giving pilgrims the chance to take bathe in the essence of Purity, Auspiciousness, and Immortality. The word Kumbh comes from this mythic pot of nectar, but it is also the Hindi name for the sign of the zodiac in which Jupiter resides during the Haridwar Mela.

Significance of Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh, Poorna Kumbh or Maha Kumbh are the titles which is given to the fairs held on the every twelve years at Haridwar (Uttaranchal), Prayag (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) and Nashik (Maharashtra).

The fairs at Nashik and Ujjain are known as Simhastha Kumbh, in which the Jupiter is located in the constellation Leo (Simha). The Kumbh at Prayag is Vrishastha (the Jupiter in Taurus) and the fair at the Haridwar is Kumbhastha (Jupiter in the Aquarius).

Other than the Kumbh, there are halfway congregations at these cities. These are called the Ardhakumbh. Unlike the Kumbh, during the day of Ardhakumbh, the sadhus were move to Ujjain with their Akharas.

Kumbh ka Mela

The Simhastha Kumbh at Nashik and Ujjain generally come at a year’s interval. At both these places, the sadhus and the commoners were get together, making these fairs a meeting ground for those who have renounced the world. But the Ardhakumbh at Haridwar is the fair of the householders only. It is held every six years.

Maha Kumbh Mela

The story has gone that in the seventh-century. King name Harshavardhana, who was then ruling India, religiously used to give up all his possessions every six years at Prayag. This apparently gave an idea to the popularity of the Ardhakumbh.

So, it is due to the faith of the people and the thoughtfulness of our devotees that the holy occasion is known as Kumbh Mela.

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