|Kumbh mela is the largest spiritual & religious gathering on this earth. Kumbh in Sanskrit refers to 'pot or pitcher' and 'mela' is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage , which takes place at four times every twelve years at four sacred places in India. Therefore a Kumbh mela is practically held every three years by rotation, on the banks of holy rivers across the four places.
Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh at the confluence of three holy rivers Ganga , Yamuna and mythical Saraswati. The confluence of these three rivers is known as Prayag. The next Kumbh mela at Prayag, Allahabad will be held in 2013.
Haridwar (Gateway to the Heaven) in Uttarakhand, where the Ganga emerges from the Himalaya to begin her slow progress across the plains of India. The main ghat, Har Ki Pairi (the feet of Vishnu) is considered sacred and the main venue of the Kumbh mela. In 2010, the Kumbha Mela will be held at Har Ki Pauri from 14th Jan till 30th April.
Ujjain (Trimbakeshwar) in Madhya Pradesh on the banks of river Shipra. Nasik in Maharastra on the banks of river Godavari The Ardh Kumbh mela occurs every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, while the Maha (Great) Kumbh Mela occurs after 12 Kumbh ' which is after every 144 years. The last Maha Kumbh was held at Prayag in 2001, where approximately 60 million people attended the fair.
According to astrologers, the 'Kumbh mela takes place when the Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries.
It is believed that a single holy dip in the sacred river Ganga during Kumbh mela washes away all the sins and gives you Moksha (the cycle of rebirth & death) or Nirvara as the soul becomes one with God Almighty.