While millions of people from all around the world gather on the banks of river Kshipra, it is important to know what exactly motivates them to travel miles just for one dip in the river.

As per the legend, the planetary alignment during Kumbh Mela is similar to the one during The Great Churning, or 'Samudra Manthan'. When the celestial bird Garuda flew with 'Kumbh' (Urn) containing 'amrit', it fell at four places, namely: Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. These are the places where Kumbh Mela is organised. The festival is celebrated for 12 days because Gods and Demons fought for 'amrit' for 12 days and 12 nights, equivalent to 12 human years.

The Mela is celebrated at different intervals:

1. Ardha Kumbha Mela:  Held at Haridwar and Prayag (Allahabad), every 6 years
2. Purna Kumbha Mela:  Only at Prayag, every 12 years
3. Maha Kumbha Mela:   Only at Prayag, every 144 years

During Kumbh Mela, holy waters of Kshipra river in Ujjain, Ganga-Yamuna confluence at Sangam, and Har-ki-Pauri become saturated with cosmic energy released by the invisible Saraswati river, flowing under mother Earth.

The month-long Simhastha (Kumbh) mela, largest congregation of Hindus began here early today with the arrival of Juna Akhara for the royal bath on the banks of Kshipra river for the holy dip.


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