This tradition of the religious conference is from the Vedic era in India and this tradition continues even today. The place Haridwar Kumbh Mela is Held is known as Har Ki Pauri.
As long as one cannot see the Kumbh Mela with his eyes, till then he can not understand the significance of this festival. The glee of this festival can be understood only by those who have seen and felt this fair themselves. Kumbh Mela is a sacred festival of Hindu religion, where millions of devotees bath in Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain, and Nashik. In all these places, Maha Kumbh is organized after every 12 years intervals.
The festival of Kumbh Mela is divided into 4 parts. As if the first Kumbh Mela is held in Haridwar, then after 3 years, the second Kumbh Mela will be in Prayag. The third Kumbh Mela after 3 years will be in Ujjain and fourth Kumbh Mela in Nashik 3 years later.
Thus, after the completion of 12 years, together with the 4th Kumbh festival, the Maha Kumbha i.e. the full Kumbh is organized. Apart from this, the Ardh Kumbh is also organized in the interval of 6 years between 2 Kumbh festivals in Haridwar and Prayag.
Kumbh Mela History
The history of the Kumbh Mela is connected to the sea churning. When Indra and other deities became weak due to the curse of Maharishi Durvasa then the demons attacked them and defeated them. After this, all the gods came to Lord Vishnu and told them all about the incident. Then Lord Vishnu advised the gods to get nectar by sea churning together with the demons. After this, the deity and the demons were engaged in the struggle to get the nectar.
As the nectar emerges, Indra son Jayant flew into the sky with the nectar vase, at the gesture of the Gods. After this, demons pursued Indra to bring back the nectar. Then, to get the nectar Kalash, there was a war between Gods and demons for 12 days. It is said that during this war some drops of nectar fell on four places of the earth. Today these 4 places are known as Prayag, Haridwar, Nasik, and Ujjain.
12 days of the gods are equal to 12 years of human beings. Therefore, Kumbh is also 12, out of which 4 are held on earth and 8 are held in Devlok.
Haridwar Kumbh Mela Date
Sun and Jupiter are considered to be special contributions to Kumbh Mela and its date. When Surya God and Guru Jupiter enter from one zodiac to another, then the place and date of the Kumbh Mela are selected. Accordingly, when the Sun comes in Aries zodiac and Jupiter comes in Aquarius zodiac then Kumbh Mela is held in Haridwar.
When Jupiter enters the Taurus zodiac and the Sun enters the Capricorn, then this festival is celebrated in Prayag. When Jupiter and Sun enter the Lio zodiac then this festival is celebrated in Nashik of Maharastra. The festival is celebrated in Ujjain when Jupiter enters in Lio Zodiac and the Sun enters the Aries.
How to reach Haridwar
During Kumbh Mela there is a lot of crowd in Haridwar, so book your hotel for your stay in advance. The nearest domestic airport from Haridwar is Jolly Grant airport Dehradun which is 30 km away. The nearest international airport is Indra Gandhi airport in Delhi. Jollygrant airport is well connected with major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. Daily flights are available from these cities to Jollygrant airport.
Haridwar is well connected with the railway line, the railway station is only 2 km away from Har Ki Pauri. From Har Ki Pauri the pilgrim have to go to Har Ki Pauri by foot. During normal days the pilgrim can take an auto from the railway station to Har Ki Pauri.