Maha Kumbh Mela is the greatest spiritual festival and holds importance in the Hinduism. Kumbh Mela is also known as the world's most massive act of faith. Millions of people visit throughout the world. In every three years, a Kumbh Mela is held by rotation in Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik, and Ujjain.
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Kumbh Mela holds great significance in the life of a common man. It's not just a mere festival like Diwali or Holi, but much more than these festivals. People look up to this festival to liberate themselves from the sufferings and miseries of life. The origin of the festival can be found in one of the most famous medieval Puranas, the Bhagavata Purana. No one exactly knows since when did people start Kumbh Mela at the four places for its celebration. The famous seventh-century Chinese traveller Hiuen-Tsang was probably the first person to mention Kumbh Mela in his diary.
The history of the Kumbh Mela is traced back to the creation of the worldly universe. Mythological legends state that the God and demons once churned the ocean to retrieve the Kumbh i.e. the pot containing the nectar of immortality. As Dhanwantri, the divine God appeared with Kumbh containing nectar in his palms, a great fight followed between the God and the demons to wrest the pitcher. During the fierce battle in the sky, a few drops of nectar fell at four different places: Prayag, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. Since a long time, these four sacred places have witnessed the Kumbh fairs.
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and turns it into nectar on these days and attracts millions to purify their self through holy bathing rituals. Around 8 to 10 millions of devotees arrive throughout the world to take the dip in the holy Ganga River during Maha Kumbh.
Kumbh Mela is celebrated at different places
The main ritual of Kumbh Mela is the sacred bath in Prayag. It is said that bath in either of the sacred rivers has purifying effects, but when the three rivers meet the bathers purification is increased on hundred times. It is also believed if devotees take the bath at Sangam during Kumbh Mela, the purification is thousand times increased.
With matted locks of hairs, bodies covered with ashes known as NAGA Sadhus( Indian naked holy men) also come to Kumbh Mela for a sacred bath.
Another group of Sadhus visiting Kumbh Mela are Vaisnava Vairagis, the devotees of Lord VishnuVishnu
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. They are in dressed in saffron coloured cloth. All the pilgrims and Sadhus make this Kumbh Mela special. As the night fell, thousands of campfire could be seen, the decorated pandals, the spiritual gurus all around the river bank. Beautiful atmosphere of Kumbh Mela attracts devotees throughout the world.