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Khumba Mela Festival (India)

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City: Allahabad / Country: India / World Region: Asia

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      04.04.2001 18:07
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      The Kumbh Mela is the largest festival in the Hindu calendar, held once every 12 years in the north Indian city of Allahabad. This ancient festival pays homage to a battle between the gods and demons for a pitcher (kumbh). Legend has it that four drops of nectar fell from the pitcher and landed in Allahabad (Prayag), Hardwar, Ujjain and Nasik. A smaller Kumbh Mela is rotated through the other holy cities every three years. The 2001 Kumbh Mela ran from January 9th to February 21st. Millions of Hindus made their pilgrimage to the massive tented city beside the River Ganges and immersed themeselves where three rivers meet -- the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati -- together known as the Sangam. To the believers, bathing in the river is said to purge them of their sins and break the cycle of birth and death. Even non-hindus journey to Allahabad for the Kumbh Mela; if only to witness the spectacle. Major Kumbh Mela Bathing Dates -- 2001 9 January -- Paush Purnima 14 January -- Makar Sankranti 24 January -- Mauni Amavasya (main bathing day) 29 January -- Basant Panchami 8 February -- Magh Purnima 21 February -- Mahashivratri If you didn't make it to the Allahabad Kumbh Mela this year, the mini Kumbh (Magh Mela) is held annually; also between January and February. The Ardh Kumbh is also held six years after a Kumbh Mela and has the same main bathing days and religious significance as the Kumbh. ===== Links ===== The Gateway to Kumbh: http://www.kumbhallahabad.com/home.htm The history, myth, astrological significance and the importance of bathing during Kumbh Parv. Find out more about the history of Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, the years when the past Kumbh fell, etc. Kumbh Mela Official Site: http://www.webdunia.com/kumbhupinfo/ In Hindi. Indian Festivals: http://welcometoindia.com/culture/cultfrm.asp There are many col
      ourful times to be in India. This list of festivals will give you an idea of what's on where. UP Tourism: http://www.up-tourism.com/ Tourism in Uttar Pradesh -- from Agra to Varanasi; taking in Allahabad and the Taj Mahal. ===== Footnote ===== Sadly I can't post photos here, but you can go over to the doo you club on yahoo to see some I made earlier: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/dooyoo

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        29.01.2001 19:59

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        Today everybody is so busy in their life that we real tend to forget what mother nature has in store for us .India may be not a very modernized country but its natural wealth (not the minerals and all) is a must to see. I want to tell about the areas of the northern belt around hardwar , rishikesh where the holy river GANGES flows AND lacks of people take the dip in it at the time of MAHA KHUMBH,even hollywood stars are coming this years so as to purify their soles, you cancaome and really feel the nature in the air , free from pollution and rapid cities life these places are ideal for a complete rest and renewal of our mind .Taking a dip in the holy rivers or moving around in the temples or even the beautiful jungles could make u feel like youre on heaven . So I'd say that if u are really sick of your monotonous schedules and want a complete peace of mind then its worth taking a look .IF YOU GO THEREU THEN ULL SURELY FEEL THE TRUTH IN EVERY WORD OF MINE.

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      The Khumba Mela takes place every three years rotating through Prayag, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain. An incredible spectacle, Khumba Mela is the time when the sages, masters, yogis, saints and sadhus come down from their sacred abodes in the Himalayas. It is the largest gathering in the world of people with a religious purpose, sharing knowledge and information about religion and other spiritual practices. A holy dip in the Kumbh purifies the sins thereby helping in the attainment of salvation. It is believed that at the time of Kumbh, the water of the river gets charged with astonishing healing effects by enhanced electromagnetic radiation of the Sun, Moon and the Jupiter, the flux of which also varies in accordance to positions and the phases of the moon.