Kumbha Sankranti, the auspicious day of the Hindus
Kumbha Sankranti is when the Hindu Solar Calendar begins. All the twelve Sankranti in the year are very auspicious for varied rituals however the Kumbha Sankranti is a very special day. This Sankranti is associated with the Kumbh Mela which is considered to be the world’s largest religious gathering.
In 2013, Kumbha Sankranti was observed on the 12th of February and in 2014 it is said to be observed on the 13th of February.
About the Kumbh Mela
The history of this auspicious gathering dates back to the 629 CE when King Harshavardhana was the ruler. As per the Hindu Mythology, the Kumbh Mela came to light in the Bhagavata Purana. Kumbh Mela is celebrated once every twelve years in each of the following places namely the river Ganges in Haridwar, Sangam of Ganges, Saraswati and Yamuna in Allahabad, river Kshipra in Ujjain and Godavari in Nashik. People believe that a dip in the holy water at any of these four places can purify you completely. All your sins and impurities will wash away with the holiness of the water in this place otherwise believed to be amrita.
Popularity of the Kumbh Mela and Kumbha Sankranti
The Kumbh Mela attracts millions of people from all over the world. It is an amazing site to see people from all walks of life coming together to feel closer to god and to find themselves from within. Everybody today is so caught up in their lives that one just forgets the importance of peace and harmony. The feeling of inner peace and tranquility is simply unmatched. The belief of the holy water washing away all your sins has been successfully passed on from generations to generations.
The Kumbha Mela has been successful in receiving international recognition. That is how popular this celebration is. During the entire phase every devotee prays and meditates with sheer dedication and passion. People are said to feel closer to god at this time because they leave all their worldly pleasures far away to be a part of this unique yet sought after spiritual festival. It is all about the holiness of the river Ganges. Every year the number of pilgrims increases significantly. The holiness and spirituality of this festival can never go unnoticed. Despite the ongoing stampedes at every Mela, this festival attracts millions effortlessly. Be a part of this festival at least once, it is going to be simply worth it.
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