Kumbh Mela - India Vacation Packages
Thousands of devotees flock to Nasik, Allahabad and Ujjain to attend the Kumbh Mela. People celebrate Kumbh Mela festival with great grandeur and gaiety and practice several religious rituals.
Kumbh Mela - (Nasik, Ujjain, Allahabad, Haridwar)
Nasik is located in the north of Maharashtra,
situated 200 kms from Mumbai and Pune. The city is widely acclaimed for
glorious temples that include: Balaji temple, Sundranarayan temple, Kalaram
Mandir, Kampaleshwar temple and the Rameshwar or temple.
Ujjain on the other hand is located on the western boundary of
Madhya Pradesh and is 55 km from Indore. When King Shiva was victorious over
the ruler of Tripuri, he changed the name of his capital, Avantipura to
Ujjayini. Both the cities, Nashik and Ujjain, are among the four important
pilgrimage sites holding Kumbh Mela.
Prayag or Allahabad, is one of the holiest cities of India
and an important city famous for its culture and contemporary heritage. It
is situated at about 240 km from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh.The
Prayag (Allahabad) Kumbh Mela is the largest and holiest of all melas and is
believed to be the most auspicious. On important bathing dates, lakhs of
pilgrims take bath on the banks of the holy Sangam. The Purna (complete)
Kumbh or Maha Kumbh, the biggest and the most auspicious fair, which falls
once every 12 years, is always held in Allahabad. Ardha Kumbh Mela is held
every 6th year and the Magh Mela is the annual version of the Kumbh. The
main bathing days are known as 'Shahi Snans' or 'Royal Bathing Days'.
Haridwar, is situated on the foothills of Shivaliks. It is here that
the river Ganga, coming down from the gigantic Himalayas, touches the
plains. Haridwar is the first place where the river meets the plains.The
astrological date for Kumbh at Haridwar falls when Venus and Jupiter
coincide with Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. This planetary position is
said to medicate the waters of the Ganga and turn it into nectar. Apart from
Kumbh, Ardh Kumb Mela is also held here,every six years.
The historical origin of the Kumbh Mela dates back to the time when there
was a conflict among the gods and the demons over the possession of the "Amrit
Kumbh", or the pot of immortal nectar. During the tussle, some drops of
the amrit splashed and fell at four places. These four places were:
Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain, the sacred sites for the Kumbh Mela.
It is during the time when the auspicious planets align in the same
position, devotees come together to commemorate this divine holy dip. It is
believed that the holy dip purifies one, of all the sins and the cycle of
rebirth and death ends as the soul becomes divine. Kumbh Mela is the largest
gathering in the world of people with a religious purpose sharing knowledge
and information about religion and other spiritual practices. It is a
tradition that has been maintained over centuries with the traces of its
origin indicating to the creation of the Universe. People from all walks of
life assemble to take a holy bath and include: sadhus with ash-smeared
bodies, robed saints, hymn-chanting priests, yogis and preachers etc.