The wait for the Kumbh Mela is finally going to end this week. This year Kumbh Mela is being organized in Haridwar, Uttrakhand. It is one of the largest and most auspicious religious pilgrimages in Hindu religion. But this time, Kumbh in Haridwar is not being held after 12 years, but after 11 years.
We all know that the Kumbh festival is organized on the basis of astrological calculations but in 2022 Jupiter will not be in Aquarius sign so it is being organised this year.
Significance of Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela is a religious festival and pilgrimage rotating between four sacred rivers
According to Hindu mythology, devotees take a dip in holy river to absolve all their sins and it is also said that if a person takes a bath in the Ganges during Kumbh attains salvation for life. The person also gets free from all the pain and the disease they have been suffering for so long.
This festival is a special event that spreads the message of national integration and harmony and highlights India’s rich and diverse culture.
4 Sacred Rivers of Kumbh Mela
After every 4 years, Kumbh mela is held in a rotatory manner between 4 pilgrimage places on 4 sacred rivers. The rivers are –
- at Haridwar on the Ganges River
- at Ujjain on the Shipra
- at Nashik on the Godavari
- at Prayag (modern Prayagraj)
History of Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela derives its name from the immortalizing pot of nectar described in India’s ancient scriptures. Kumbh in the Sanskrit language means “Pot,” “Pitcher” or” Jar” and Mela means “Festival”. The origin of this festival lies in the ancient belief in the conflict between the Gods and Demons over the possession of the “Amrit Kumbh’, a pitcher filled with nectar.
Kumbh Mela Bathing Dates 2021
The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar this year will start from January 14 and the grand event will continue till 27 April. The Shahi (Royal) snans hold a very important place . There are going to be 4 Shahi Snans this year and it is reported that 13 akharas will take part in it.
First snan – 14th January 2021 (Makar Sankranti)
Dates for four Shahi Snans during Haridwar Kumbh 2021:
First Shahi Snan- 11th March- Shivratri
Second Shahi Snan- 12th April Somvati Amavasya
Third Shahi Snan- 14th April- Makar Sankranti
Fourth Shahi Snan- 27th April- Baisakh Purnima
Dates for 9 Ganga Snans during Haridwar Kumbh 2021:
January 14, 2021- Makar Sakranti Snan
February 11, 2021- Mauni Amavasya Snan
February 16, 2021- Basant Panchami Snan
February 27, 2021- Magh Poornima Snan
March 11, 2021- Maha Shivratri Snan
April 12, 2021- Somvati Amamvasya Snan
April 14, 2021- Baisakhi Snan
April 21, 2021- Ram Navami Snan
April 27, 2021- Chaitra Purnima Snan
For more details please visit – Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021