|History of Maha Kumbh Mela :|
Maha Kumbh Mela - The religious aspect and the legends of Kumbh Mela remains associated to very old date back to the time when Kalasha (pot of nectar for immortality) was recovered from the churning of premodial ocean for which a tensed war between God and Demon ensued.
As per Hindu mythology and history, Lord Bharma - God of creation gave some advise to the gods to get rid of their weakness, caused during the creation of earth. Following the advise of Lord Brahma, the god began the task of churning od ocean in order to achieve nectar (Amrit) from its water. As the task was very tough, God sought assistance of demons and made a deal with demon that they could have latter half of the nectar that was to be obtained from churning of Ocean.
The first ever written evidence of Kumbh Mela could be accounted to Chinese Traveler, Huan Tsang or Xuanzang dated 602 - 664 A.D. However, the observance dates back many centuries to ancient India's Vedic period, where the river festivals first started getting organised.
The account goes that the Gods had lost their strength, and to regain it, they thought of churning the Ksheera Sagara (primordial ocean of milk) for amrita (the nectar of immortality). This required them to make a temporary agreement with their arch enemies, the demons or Asuras, to work together with a promise of sharing the nectar equally thereafter. However, when the Kumbha (urn) containing the amrita appeared, a fight ensued. For twelve days and twelve nights (equivalent to twelve human years) the gods and demons fought in the sky for the pot of amrita. It is believed that during the battle, Lord Vishnu flew away with the Kumbha of elixir spilling drops of amrita at four places: Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. ....Read More
The Maha Kumbha Mela will again be held at Prayag, Allahabad in the year 2013 from January 27 to February 25. Prayag Kumbh Mela is one of the largest and holiest kumbh mela 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. The main bathing days for the Kumbh Mela are: Makar Sankranti, Paush Purnima, Mauni Amavasya, Basant Panchmi, Maghi Poornima and Maha Shivratri.... Read More about Allahabad (Prayag) Maha Kumbh Mela 2013
Rituals of Maha Kumbh Mela :
Irrespective of all worldly barriers of caste, creed, region, the Kumbh Mela has wielded a mesmeric influence over the minds and the imagination of the ordinary Indian. Maha Kumbh is the largest human gathering in history for the single cause, This auspicious time & space is attended by millions of people on a single day. Since the beginning of time Kumbh has been a center of hindu culture & faith. the participants from all the walks of life attend this cosmic zone. .... Read More