Kumbh Mela 2013
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According to astrological calculations, the Kumbha Mela is held every twelve years at four places,

Prayag (Allahabad) at the confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.

Haridwar where the river Ganga enters the plains from Himalayas.

Ujjain (in Madhya Pradesh), on the banks of Ksipra river.

Nasik (in Maharashtra) on the banks of Godavari river.

and begins on Makar Sankranti, the day when the sun and moon enter Capricorn and Jupiter enters Aries. The astrological configuration on Makar Sankranti is called "Kumbhasnanayoga" and is considered to be especially auspicious, as it is said that the passage from Earth to the higher planets is open at that time, thus allowing the soul to easily attain the celestial world. This year Makar Sankranti falls on 14th January 2013.

In the year 2013, Kumbh Mela is to be held at Prayag (Allahabad).
The combined sanctity of the three holy rivers, coupled with the spiritual powers obtained from the pot of nectar of immortality has earned Prayag (Allahabad) as tirtharaja (the king of holy places). The confluence of India's three most sacred rivers at Allahabad, Besides the Ganges, there are also two other sacred rivers located at Allahabad, the Yamuna and the Saraswati. Ganges & Yamuna has its earthly origin in the Himalayas. Whereas Saraswati, is a mystical river which has no physical form. Its is believed that the Saraswati exists only on the spiritual plane and is not visible to the human eye.

The highlight feature of the Kumbh Mela is the bathing ceremony (snan). Millions of people travel across the globe to take a dip in the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati during the festival as it is believed by doing so one gets free from the baggage of sins committed in his lifetime and also attains salvation which is freedom from the cycle of birth and death.

The details about the most auspicious days during the festival on which devotees will take the holy dip in the waters of Ganges, Yamuna and the lost Saraswati are enlisted below:

14th January, 2013   Monday   Makar Sankranti
27th January, 2013   Sunday   Paush Purnima
6th February, 2013   Wednesday   Ekadashi Snan
10th February, 2013   Sunday   Mauni Amavasya Snan
15th February, 2013   Friday   Basant Panchami Snan
17th February, 2013   Sunday   Rath Saptami Snan
18th February, 2013   Monday   Bhisma Ekadashi Snan
25th February, 2013   Monday   Maghi Purnima Snan
Bathing Dates of Kumbh Mela
Main Bathing Date for 2013 Allahabad Kumbh Mela : 10th February 2013 - Mauni Amavasya Snan

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