Kumbh Mela, the greatest Men feast in the world where millions of souls that come together to purge themselves before entering the heavenly Kingdom of God; it is an open invitation, which is grabbed on like the very last opportunity by the devotees to deem themselves fit for an entry. Kumbh derives its name from the immortal Nectar, which the gods (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over, described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas. It is these Vedic literatures that have stood the test of time, out of which the tradition has evolved into the one that the world now knows as The Kumbh Mela.
Legend tells a tale from the antique days of the universe when the demigods and the demons antique produced the nectar of immortality. The gods, because cursed, were disabled of fear that eventually made them weak. The task being too sturdy for them alone, the gods made a mutual agreement with the demons to complete it in full and share the nectar of immortality in half. It is said that the gods and the demons assembled on the shore of the milk ocean that lies in the celestial region of the cosmos. And it began!
Ardha Kumbha and Maha Kumbha are the occasions when millions of people gather to take holy dip in the sacred waters. This is main reason for one to attend the Maha Kumbha and the Ardha Kumbha festival. It is believed that a holy dip in sacred rivers during Maha Kumbh or Ardh kumbh takes human out of the circle of life and death and one attains Moksha. Devotees, saints/sadhus turn up in great number from all over the world to take a dip in the holy waters of rivers like the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythological Saraswati at Parayag (Sangam). According to traditions these holy rivers offers purity, wealth, fertility and wash away the sins of all those who take bath.
Dates of Maha Kumbh Mela 2015:
14th July (Tuesday): Flag hoisting of the main ceremony at Ram Kunda
14th August (Friday): Flag hoisting of the Akhara at Sadhugram
26th August (Wednesday): Shravan Shudha- First Snan
29th August (Saturday): Shravan Purnima – First Shahi Snan at Ram Kunda
13th September (Sunday): Bhadrapad Amavasya – Second Shahi Snan/ Main bathing day
18th September (Friday): Bhadrapad Shukla Panchmi (Rushipanchami) – Third Shahi Snan
25th September (Friday): Bhadrapad Shukla Dwadashi – Vaman Dwadashi Snan