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It’s always fascinating to watch the Kumbh Mela, but when it takes place at the highly scared Haridwar, it grabs an all new high.
As per Hindu mythology, Kumbh Mela is celebrated once in 12 years at the four designated places in India-Ujjain, Haridwar, Allahabad and Nasik. However, the Ardh Kumbh is bound to take place once in 6 years, when the planet Jupiter makes its entry into Aquarius while the Sun shifts into the house of Aries.
The rituals of the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar are carried at various spots which are predominantly known as the bathing ghats. These are named as Asthi Pravath Ghat, Har Ki Pauri, Gau Ghat, Subhash Ghat, Sapth Sarover Kshetra Ghat, Sarvanand Ghat, Roode Bale Wala Ghat, Ganesh Ghat, Varagi Camp Ghat, Sati Ghat, Daksheshwar Ghat, Singh Dwar Ghat, Sita Ghat, Pantdweep Ghat and Kangra Ghat’.
“A holy dip in the sacred Ganga at any of these Ghats is known to pull out humans from the vicious circle of life and death or attain Moksha (salvation).
History of Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela has a very ancient history and Hindu mythology narrates it as such. Once there was a war going on between the Deva (Demigod) and Asura (Demons) to obtain an elixir.
When no result was coming out from fighting, both the parties decided to join hands and work together in churning the milky ocean to achieve the desired potion.
With the combined efforts the elixir was churned out quickly, however none of the party had the upper hand to keep that.
Amidst all this confusion, God appeared from the sea and ran away with the pitcher of that potion.
The Asuras kept on chasing the God which lasted for 12 years. In the run, some drops of that potion fell at four different places on earth, where today the Kumbh Mela is held.
One of the most auspicious and oldest of the festivals in Hindu religion, Kumbh Mela is known to attract the largest human gathering on the planet and is the biggest celebration of religion.
Devotees in numbers of millions visit the Ardh Kumbh and take part in different bathing rituals at the associated pious rivers.
This festival at Haridwar takes place on the banks of the holy Ganga River.