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Kumbh Mela Festival of Uttar Pradesh

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Post By : Rainrays At 2011-01-19 13:04:58

Name of Festival : Kumbh Mela Festival
Major Territory of Celebration 
Kumbh Mela is celebrated in North Indian
About Festival
Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi.In Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar Kumbh Mela is held every 3 years. Millions of devotees including Sadhus attended this Mela.Kumbha Mela literally means festival of the pot. 
During the time period of Mela the devotees and Sadhus holy dip in the sacred waters is believed to cleanse the soul.
It is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Bá¹›haspati (Jupiter) and the sun. 
In Trimbakeshwar, Nashik mela is held when Jupiter and the sun are in the zodiac sign Leo (Simha Rashi) 
In Haradwar Kumbh Mela is organised when  sun is in Aries (Mesha Rashi) 

Kumbha Mela is celebrated at Prayag when Jupiter is in Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi ) and the sun is in Capricorn (Makar Rashi)
The celebration Time of Kumbha Mela at Ujjain when Jupiter and the sun are in Scorpio (Vrishchik Rashi) 
Ardh Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela
Ardh Kumbh Mela is held on the banks of Sangam in Allahabad in 6 years and Magh Kumbh  Mela is  held on the banks of Sangam in Allahabad in 12 years. In time of  Ardh Kumbh Millions of devotees are come and take a holy dip in the Sangam.
The legend about Kumbh Mela is that gods and the demons fight for a pot of nectar (Amrit Kumbh): the nectar of immortality.Lord Vishnu, disguising himself as an enchantress (Mohini), seized the nectar from the demons. Lord Vishnu passed the nectar on to his winged mount, Garuda but demons caught up with Garuda and in the ensuing struggle, a few drops of the precious nectar during thhis time some drop of Amrit  fell on Allahabad, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain.That why Kumbh Mela is held in these places every 12 years.

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