Sunday, February 10, 2013
Indian Kumbh Mela Festival--- The Most Auspicious Day For Hindus
The main day of bathing began at Kumbh Mela, with more than 30 million pilgrimages are expected to take dip in the confluence of India's Ganges and Yamuna rivers. This is the most auspicious day of six bathing days at the event, billed as the largest human gathering on earth. More than eight million took to the water on opening day on January 14. Hindus believe a festival dip at Sangam--where rivers meet will cleanse their sins and help bring salvation. In all, up to 100 million pilgrimages are expected to take bathe in the holy water (according to Hindus), in January and February at the 55-day Kumbh Mela held every 12 years. This occassion is also a Maha(Big)Kumbh Mela, which comes round only once every 144 years. The bathing on Sunday(today), the most ausopicious day according to Hindu tradition is taking place on 18 main locations along the river bank. Many believe that when Gods And Demos fought over a pitcher of nectar, a few drops fell in the cities of Allahabad, Nasik, Ujain and Haridwar, the four places where Kumbh Mela has been held for centuries. Astrologists deterine the most aspects of the mela, including its exact date and length.