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Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela is the largest hindu festival that happens in one place.
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The Kumbh Mela


 
 
 

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Click for a larger image of this Kumbh Mela PaintingThe Kumbh Mela is the largest hindu festival that occurs once in every 12 years in four major pilgrim centres across India : Hardwar, Allahabad, Uijain and Nashik. All of India's saints, sages, mendicants and fakirs come out of their caves for the Kumbh Mela every three years.

This geographical sequence is coordinated with the astrological relationship of Jupiter to Pisces and Aquarius. The Kumbh Mela is an ancient Indian festival of the holy ones and is alluded to in the epic Mahabharata. The name Kumbh Mela itself means "assembly of the water pot," and relates to the ancient story of the churning of the ocean that provides the origin for the unique festival of the Kumbh Mela.

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The Kumbh Mela festival originates from the story of the churning of the ocean :

Cick for a larger image of the Churning of the OceanA long time ago the gods and demons made a concerted effort to churn the ocean to extract its elixir, the amrit or the water of life. They both desired immortality, which only the water of life could bestow. First they extracted 12 precious objects, then the divine medicine man, Dhanwantari, emerged from the ocean with a pot of amrit, or nectar.

Somebody had to distribute the amrit equally among gods and demons, so Vishnu assumed the form of Mohini, a beautiful woman, and through sleight of hand, she gave the demons varuni, or liquor, while the gods got the amrit. The demons, however, caught on to the deception and grabbed the amrit kumbh, or pot of elixir.

Click for a larger image of Garuda carrying the Amrit VesselDuring the quarrel, some drops of the elixir fell on the earth. Jayant, the son of Indra, removed the pot from the quarreling gods and demons and ran away with it. He rested at four places in India, where he set down the pitcher, drank a little, and let a few drops of nectar spill to the ground. Where these drops landed became the four sacred sites of Kumbha Mela, but where the earlier drops fell on the earth, from the jostling of the pitcher, became the precious gem mines.

Another story relates how Garuda, the sacred mount of Vishnu, spilled the amrit four times at the four places where the Kumbh Mela festival is now held. His journey took 12 days, equalling 12 years for mortals.

More complete story of The Churning of the Ocean.

 
 
 
 
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