Maha Kumbh Mela is a holy gathering of devotees and is held after every 12 years at holy places, believed to have been blessed by drops of Amrit (elixir). This is one of the largest gatherings of Hindu devotees in India. Pilgrims bathe in the holy River Ganga at Haridwar and it is believed that a dip in the sacred river absolves all the sins.
Mythology Behind Maha Kumbh Mela
According to Hindu Mythology, there were continuous wars between Devas and Asuras. To stop the endless fights, they came to the conclusion that instead of fighting for the heavenly nectar they should come together and churn the Kshir Samudra (Milky Ocean). They agreed to divide it equally. The churning of the sea gave numerous gifts and also the deadly poison (halahal), which was drunk by Lord Mahadev. The churning continued until the elixir was obtained. To save the elixir from the hands of Asuras, Devas hid the pot. The search for Amrit continued for 12 years. In this chase, a few drops fell on earth and now at these four places, the Kumbh Mela is conducted. In every 12 years, a holy gathering takes place in the places, which were sanctified by elixir.
Maha Kumbh Mela is to be organized in Haridwar in January 2021. During the holy gathering, devotees will take a dip in the river Ganga. Due to the astronomical positions of the sun and other grahas (astrological figures), it is believed the waters at these places are charged with divine powers. Bhajans, kirtans, and chanting of hymns also take place on the river ghats. People offer prayers and perform pujas to appease the Gods.
What happens at Kumbh Mela?
Kumbh Mela, also called Kumbha Mela, in Hinduism, religious festival that is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years, the site of the observance rotating between four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers—at Haridwar on the Ganges River, at Ujjain on the Shipra, at Nashik on the Godavari, and at Prayag .
Why Kumbh is celebrated after 12 years?
The fight for the Kumbh i.e. the sacred pitcher between the Gods and demons continued for 12 divine days, which is considered to be as long as 12 years for humans. That is why the Kumbh Mela is celebrated once in 12 years and gathering took place on the above mentioned sacred places or holy sites.
February 16 th is most sacred day in Hindu calendar , it’s Vasant panchami , the beginning of preparation of spring season , Goddess Saraswati , who is the deity of learning , music, and art was born on this day , and people worship her to attain wisdom. We must wear yellow clothes and decorate our Puja room with yellow flowers and tie mango leaves for the main entrance of the house.
Seen in the picture above are our city Elite families shreedevi chowdary , lakshmi Manchu , swati sanghi , kalyani , Jayanti , pavan reddy attending maha kumbh mela 2021 on 16 th February at haridwar on Vasant panchami day to take a dip in the holy Ganges , This is the one of the largest gatherings of Hindu devotees in India .