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Kumbh Mela is an important festival of the Hindu religion. Kumbh Mela is celebrated not only in India as a tradition, but also as a festival. This is such a famous fair, where people are seen taking a dip in the river Ganges as a devotee. It is a festival which is one of the most important festivals of Hinduism.
Kumbh Mela is also very famous due to the festival sites with mythological history. There are many legends and folk tales in relation to the Kumbh Mela, but the oldest and supposedly correct story is related to "Samundra Manthan". Kumbh in Sanskrit means "Kalash", in astrology, it is also the sign of Aquarius sign.
Kalash is called Kumbh. Kumbha means pitcher. This festival is related to the nectar urn which came out during the Samudra Manthan. When the god-asura was snatching the nectar Kalash from each other, some drops of it fell in the three rivers of the earth. Kumbh is organized at the place where these drops fell. The names of those three rivers are - Ganga, Godavari and Kshipra.
Haridwar is related to Aries zodiac. The festival of Kumbh is held in Haridwar on the entry of Jupiter into Aquarius and the Sun entering Aries. Ardh Kumbh is also organized in Haridwar and Prayag at a gap of six years between the two Kumbh festivals.
In Hindu, Religion followers believe in Moksha. The soul is immortal and takes a new body after death. The end of this cycle of Birth and Rebirth is called Moksha. Moksha is generally not easy to attain but during the holy time of Kumbh Mela if you take bath at the designated place you can attain Moksha. With more than 70% population Hindu in India the festival becomes the largest festival for the gathering of Hindus.
Kumbh Mela is mainly about taking a bath. Special holy days are called Shahi Snans when thousands of Sadhu also expected to come and take a bath. Famous spiritual leaders would come to take a bath along with hundreds of their followers. Akharas are given more importance during these special days. Akhara is a kind of monastery for accommodation & training of Hindu monks. Thousand of monks also initiated during the Kumbh Mela.