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Kumbh Mela 2021

Introduction Of Kumbh Mela 2021.

 Kumbha Mela, in Hindu, a 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 Godawari, and at Prayag (modern Prayagraj) at the confluence of the Ganges, the Jamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati.

About Kumbh Mela.

Each site’s celebration is based on a distinct set of astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter, the holiest time occurring at the exact moment when these positions are fully occupied. The Kumbh Mela at Prayag, in particular, attracts millions of pilgrims. In addition, a Great Kumbh Mela festival is held every 144 years at Prayag; the 2001 festival attracted some 60 million people.

The Kumbh Mela is held in Prayagraj (at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati Rivers), Nasik (River Godavari), Ujjain (River Shipra) and Haridwar (River Ganga).

Why Kumbh Mela Celebrated?

A pot (Kumbh) containing Amrita was one of the creative product of the Samudra manthan legend in ancient Hindu texts.

It is believed, the nectar from the pot fell at four locations – Prayagraj, Ujjain, Haridwar, and Nasik during an epic battle between the gods and the demons. At these four places, Kumbh Mela takes place. The Hindu devotees throng these places with a belief that a dip in the waters of the sacred rivers will wash away all their sins.

What is Ardh Kumbh Mela?

The Ardh Kumbh Mela (Half Kumbh Mela) is held every 6 years in two different locations, Allahabad and Haridwar. Ardh means ‘half’ which is interpreted as the half of 12 years.

Kumbh Mela 2021

The Kumbh Mela was started in Haridwar on 14th January, while the first Shahi Snan will take place on 11th March. The last Shahi Snan will take place on 14th April, marking the end of the Haridwar Kumbh Mela.

What is the religious significance of Kumbh Mela for devotees of Hinduism?

Kumbh Mela – a dip in the waters is one of the key rituals.

The Hindu devotees believe that a visit to the auspicious Kumbh Mela and a dip in the river will cleanse them from all their sins.

What are the main attractions of Kumbh Mela?

Kumbh Mela at Haridwar.

The major attractions of the Kumbh Mela are a holy bath in the sacred river that is believed to cleanse one from all their sins; the sacred Aartis on the banks of the river accompanied by the prayers and hymns chanted by the priests, the Pravachan, Kirtan, Mahaprasad and the Naga Sadhus.

What are the main bathing dates for Kumbh 2021?

  • First Bath: Makar Sankranti (14 Jan 2021)
  • Second Bath: Mauni Amavasya (11 Feb 2021)
  • Third Bath: Vasant Panchami (16 Feb 2021)
  • Fourth Bath: Ram Navami (21 Apr 2021)
  • First Shahi Bath: Maha Shivratri (11 March 2021)
  • Second Shahi Bath: Somvati Amamvasya (12 April 2021)
  • Third Shahi Bath: Baisakhi (14 April 2021)
  • Fourth Shahi Bath: Chaitra Purnima (27 April 2021)

Which King Started Kumbh fair?

Harshavardhana king started the organization of the Kumbh fair at Allahabad. The Allahabad Kumbh Mela is a mela held every 12 years at Allahabad, India. The exact date is determined according to Hindu astrology the Mela is held when Jupiter is in Taurus and the sun and the moon are in Capricorn.

When was first Kumbh Mela held?

The 1870 fair at Allahabad is the earliest fair that is described as a “Kumbh Mela” by contemporary sources. The previous Kumbh Mela would have been scheduled in 1858; but that year, no fair was held in Allahabad because of disturbances resulting from the 1857 uprising.

Special Cuisine for Kumbh Devotees.

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There are a number of food stalls in Kumbh Mela that offers lip-smacking kachori with sabzi and tomato chutney. These kachoris with a delicious filling melt in your mouth and leave you with the desire to ask for more. In some of the stalls, you might also find kachoris fried in desi ghee.

About Naga Sadhu & Aghori

According to various assumptions, there are 4 to 5 million sadhus in India today. Sadhus are widely respected for their holiness.

Naga sadhu at a Kumbh procession (1998).

It is also said that, they also meditate on the corpses which is a symbolic of their rise from ‘Shava’ to ‘Shiva’

The Naga Sadhus usually wander around naked and the Aghori baba normally wears some animal skin clothing or any other cloth to cover their lower part of the body. We see most of the Naga Sadhus in Kumbh Mela or in their Akharas. But Aghori Baba does not seem to be seen anywhere. They only reside in the crematorium. Naga Sadhus take part in Kumbh Mela and then move to the Himalayas. So, Naga Sadhus live in Akharas or Himalayas and usually visit the civilization during the Mahakumbh festival in India to take part in the holy dip.

Water dip at the Kumbh festival

Nagas are usually known as warrior Sadhus and are ready to fight intellectually or wrestle anytime. But Aghori babas mainly are involved in meditation and dark arts. They are believed to perform Dark Magic. Naga Sadhus and Aghori Baba adhere to the complete Brahmacharya, staying away from the family. Even in the process of becoming a saint, they have to sacrifice their families, that is, they make their own Shraadh also.

Conclusion

The Kumbh Mela in India is as mesmerizing as it is spiritual. This ancient northern Indian festival is a meeting of mystical minds. The largest religious gathering in the world, the Kumbh Mela brings Hindu holy men together to discuss their faith and disseminate information about their religion.

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    Holy City Of India Haridwar

    Introduction About Haridwar

    Haridwar is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus and is a major pilgrimage center. It has been known by many names; originally it was called Kapila, for the sage who once lived there. Its present name means “Door to Hari”; Hari is one of the names of Vishnu, a principal deity of Hinduism.
    Haridwar’s chief object of pilgrimage is Har-ki-Pauri—the bathing ghat, or steps, along the river—which has what believers consider to be a footprint of Vishnu impressed into a stone. Large numbers of pilgrims gather there annually at the beginning of the Hindu solar year in April; a Kumbh Mela (a Hindu religious festival) is held every 12th year in Haridwar. The Daksha Mahadev Temple, another important pilgrimage site, lies 2 miles (3 km) downstream at Kankhal.
    Har Ki Pauri- Haridwar
    Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, “footsteps of the Lord”) and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.

    What Is Famous In Haridwar

    It is considered a sacred place as Lord Vishnu took bath at this spot and the water is said to relive all sins. Haridwar is often called the gateway to the Hindu pilgrimage sites of the ‘Char Dhams’ and attracts a huge number of tourists due to its amazing mountains, rivers and ancient temples.

    Which God Is in haridwar?

    Har Ki Pauri is one of the most famous places in Haridwar and is believed to be the place where the three main Hindu Gods –BrahmaVishnu, and Shiva, are said to have appeared in different times in the Vedic era.

    It is also the exit point of the Ganga from the mountains before entering the plains.

    Which City is close to Haridwar

    TownMILESAREA
    Rishikesh13.70Uttarakhand
    Doiwala15.26Uttarakhand
    Sultanpur15.27Uttarakhand
    Laksar15.49Uttarakhand

    What is the old name of Haridwar?

    Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri which is because of the Goddess Maya Devi.

    Is Haridwar a dry city?

    (Rishikesh is a dry area so no nonveg and liquor there). … As a Hindu pilgrimage destination, both Rishikesh and Haridwar are dry areas in terms of the availability of liquor shops.

    Midway Restaurant is ideally located between Rishikesh and Haridwar with a technicality making it the best location to serve liquor.

    Which season is best to visit Haridwar?

    October to February – The temperature goes as low as 10 degrees Celsius, and you may experience chilly winds.

    March to June – It is the summer season in Haridwar.
    July to September-It is From July onwards monsoon begins in Haridwar.

    How many days are enough for Haridwar?

    You can go for 4 days, 6days, 7dqys or 12-15 days(if you also want to visit Badrinath, Kedarnath, Kausani, Haridwar) It depends on you how many places you want to cover but according to me you should take at least 7 days.
    The Ganga Arti At Har Ki Pauri- Haridwar

    What is the famous food of Haridwar?

    Famous Street Food of Haridwar for the Tourists
    Aloo Pooris. Mohanji Poori Wale and Hoshiyarpuri rank on top positions for grabbing the crispy hot puris and savory sabzi. …
    Kachoris.
    Chhole Bhature.
    Sweets.
    Thickened Milk in Kullars.
    Chaat.
    Dibiya Fresh Fruit Chaat.

    Places to visit in Haridwar

    Ganga Arti
    Chandi Devi Temple
    Mansa Deve Temple
    Pawan Dham
    Daks Madhev Temple
    Pantanjali Yog Peeth
    Ma Anandamayee Ashram
    Saptrishi ashram
    Vaishno Devi temple
    The Pentagon Mall
    Sri vyas Ashram
    Birla Ghat
    Parad Shiviling
    Maya Devi Temple
    Rajaji Tiger Reserve
    Sawami Vivekand Park
    Vishnu Ghat
    Sureshwari devi Temple
    Mooti bazzar
    Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
    GAU Ghat
    Gauri Shanker Maha dev temple
    LAL Mata temple
    Bhuma Niketan Temple
    Adhbut Temple
    Kush Avarta Ghat
    Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

    How can I go to Haridwar?

    Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is 37 km away from Haridwar, whereas Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is 223 km away. You can reach Haridwar from these two airports via bus, taxi or train.

    Conclusion

    Dear readers, visiting them all in a lifetime is thought to provide release from the endless cycle of birth and death. Thus, pilgrims attain moksha or liberation.

    Understandably, this makes Haridwar very popular with Hindus who come to bathe in the holy water of the Ganges River, cleanse their sins, and visit temples.

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