Kumbh Fair / Kumbh fesival /Kumbh Parva - a religious and sacred eventThe Kumbh festival or Mela is a sacred and religions event for the Hindus. This Kumbh Parva is celebrated every twelve year at the four pilgrim centers. These four places are Haridwar, Ujjain, Prayag and Nasik.
Kumbh Parva is an important festival which is celebrated as a great fair. The Kumbh fair is not only the greatest fair of India but also is the greatest fair of the world. The devotees, the tourists and the pligrims come to attend this great event.
At Prayag, Kumbh fair is held at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Sarswati ( the invisible river ). At Haridwar, Kumbh fair is held at the barks of the river Ganga.
At Nasik, Kumbh fair is held at the banks of the river Godavari. At Ujjain, Kumbh fair is held at the banks of the river Kshipra.
Why is Kumbh Parva celebrated
By charning the ocean (Samundra Manthan ) , the Gods and the demons got fourteen Ratnas, the virtuous jewels.
Among these fourteen Ratans, a Kumbh ( Pitcher ) full of Amrit ( nectar ) also emergod. When the gods and the demons saw this pitcher. They tried to have it in their possession. Just then Jayant, the son of Indra ran away taking the pitcher of nectar with him. During his journey of twelve divine days, he took rest at four places. These four places are Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain and Nasik. At these four places some drops of nectar spilled (dropped). For the possession of the Amrit Kalash ( the pitcher of nectar ) a fierce battle took place between the gods and the demons. It lasted for twelve divine days which are equal to the twelve human years. So the Kumbh fair is held at these four places every twelve years. Besides these four Maha Kumbh parva, Ardh Kumbh parva is also celebreted at Haridwar and Prayag.
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