By Pashchiema Bhatia
Kumbh Mela ('Kumbh' means pitcher and 'Mela' means fair in Hindi) is hosted in four cities – Ujjain, Allahabad, Haridwar and Nasik and held every third year at one of the four places by rotation. According to Hindu legend, during samudra manthan (churning sea to separate nectar and poison), Gods and demons were having fight over the nectar and then Lord Vishnu flew away with the pot of nectar spilling drops of nectar at four different places; where we celebrate Kumbh Melas. It is considered as one of the largest religious gathering where millions of people arrive and bathe in the sacred rivers – The Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar, the confluence (Triveni Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad, the Godavari at Nasik and the Shipra at Ujjain. Millions of Hindu pilgrims come either in groups or individually and celebrate the event with great enthusiasm.
Bathing Ghats Of Ganga Image: Wikimedia Commons
Ram Ghat, Ujjain Image: Wikimedia Commons
Har ki Paudi Ganga Image: Wikimedia Commons
Watch This Video to know more about what is happening in the 2016 Kumbh Mela in Ujjain:
Pashchiema is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @pashchiema