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Kumbh Mela - Largest Religious Congregation

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On the tours to Uttaranchal, be a part of the holy Kumbh Mela tours and experience the spiritual bliss that lie amidst the wondrous temples, tranquil Ganges and the mighty Himalayas.

Tagged as the largest religious gathering in the world, Kumbh Mela is one of the most holy festivals in India. The four main pilgrim centers where this festivals is held are - Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad. Held every 12 years, this Mela is one of the best time to visit the respective cities and be a part of the traditions and culture of the state. When in Haridwar, tourists should also include a trip to Rishikesh.

Kumbh Mela - History and Legend

A very interesting legend revolves around the celebration of this large fair. It is said believed that hen Lord Indra was serving his penance, he mistakenly dropped the holy nectar in four cities, as he was being chased by the other Gods and Goddess for the pot of the holy nectar. It is these cities that were believed to be sanctified forever and the Kumbh Mela began to be held year every 12 years. By astrological calculation, Maha Kumbh Mela is held when planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries.

To know more about the various events, information and dates of Kumbh Mela in Haridwar -

Kumbh Mela - Holiness in Haridwar

Kumbh Mela in Haridwar is held on the Har-ki-Pauri ghat located on the banks of the holy river Ganga. During the Kumbh Mela, thousand of pilgrim take dip in the holy Ganges in order to bereave themselves of their past sins. Last held in the year 2010, the next Kumbh Mela at Haridwar is scheduled to be held in the year 2022. Enjoy exclusive Kumbh Mela tours to Uttaranchal in Haridwar and enjoy the best of holiness. In Haridwar, devotional singing, mass feeding of holy men, women and poor and religious assemblies all form the main attraction.

Kumbh Mela - What to Do

During the Kumbh Mela a temporary township comes up on the Har-ki-Pari Ghat and many religious, cultural, social, voluntary and commercial organisations set up their camps. The main rites and rituals during this Mela includes day-long pujas, bathing in the Ganges on pious days and worshipping at various temples. Pilgrims are advised to light a diya and send it afloat on the Ganges and make a wish, and it is sure to come true.

The main bathing ghats in Haridwar are - Har Ki Pauri Ghat, Asthi Parvi ghat, Subhash Ghat and Gau ghat. The dates of indulge in bathing vary depending upon the dates of the festival in that year.  While on the pilgrimage tour to Uttaranchal and you are taking a part in the Kumbh Mela, then please refer (http://www.kumbh2010haridwar.gov.in/helpline.htm) for all the helpline numbers.

Other Attractions at Kumbh

The holy site of Kumbh Mela is thronged by people from all over the world. Meditating sadhus and saints, shops selling idols and host of other products, and the ghats flooding with people taking dips is not an uncommon sight while in Kumbh Mela. Just enjoy a evening on the ghats and be a part of the Maha Aarti. Enjoy conversing with Shirshasins, who stand all 24 hours and meditate for hours standing on their heads.

On a clear day, face directly towards northwards towards from the Har ki Pauri Ghat and enjoy a mesmerising view of the peaks of Himalayas. For those who want to seek internal peace can book themselves in the famous yoga ashrams in the town and enroll in Yoga and Ayurveda programmes.

Pilgrims are advised to stay in the various Ashrams and Dharamshalas set up during this festival and enjoy a wonderful stay with the pilgrims and the sages who come here to conduct various sermons in order to inspire the pilgrims. Haridwar is a popular place to holiday and is included in most of North India holiday tours.

Shopping at Haridwar During the Kumbh

Shopping too can be enjoyed during this time. Artificial Jewellery for idols, brass and copper puja utensils, glass bangles, wooded walking sticks, stoneware souvenirs, vermilion, Rudraksh, brass and copper utensils, idols of Gods and Goddesses, bangles and sandalwood form important buys. Famous market places from where one can buy these items are - Moti bazaar, Upper Road, Jwalapur and Kankhal, Government Hand loom and Handicrafts Emporiums and the Gandhi Ashram.
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