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Kumbh Fair

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Kumbh Ka Mela/ Fair, the most powerful faith draws the energies of thousands of people to this spectacular field. Poush Poornima, Makar Sankranti, Mauni Amavasya, Basant Panchami and Magh Purnima are the main four dates of Kumbh Mela. These are also called as the bathing dates. The actual dates of these vary according to the stellar constellations.

As per Hindu legend, once it was decided by Gods and Demons that they will churn out Amrit - the nectar of immortality together. Once its taken out from the Garbh of Sagar - centre of Sea, it will be distributed equally amongst the Gods and the Demons. However, when the Kumbh (urn) containing Amrit came out, the demons ran away with it. Gods chased them for twelve days and twelve nights. In this chase, Amrit got split at four places on earth, namely Nasik, Prayag, Ujjain and Haridwar. It is in these places, four times in twelve years, the Kumbh Fair is held.

About Kumbh Fair

As per Hindu ideology, Kumbh Ka Mela is the most important Fairs of all. It is the day of saints. Kumbh ka Mela occurs after every 12 years. Or its a fair which occurs four times every twelve years and rotates among four locations. There are two types of Kumbh Melas - the Maha Kumbh Mela and the Ardh Kumbh Mela. Maha Kumbh Mela occurs on the 12 th year and is held at Prayag. This Mela is attended by millions of people, making it the largest gathering in the world. Ardh Kumbh Mela is held on the 6th year and can be at any of the four holy locations.

Ajanta Ellora Caves
Ajanta Ellora Temples
Just near Nasik, in Aurangabad are the world famous Buddhist caves called the Ajanta and Ellora. These ages old caves, discovered by a British Officer, depict the Buddhist Culture in their Rock Cut Architecture.

Ganges in Prayag
The Ganges
The Holy River Ganges coming from Himalayas reaches Prayag and takes over the lives of millions of devotees. It is the most revered river in India and is thought to bring prosperity . Taking a dip in the waters of Ganges is thought to take away all the ill luck.

Kumbh Ka MelaKumbh Fair:
Kumbh Ka Mela involves taking a dip in the holy Ganges waters. It is supposed that whosoever takes a dip in the holy waters at any of the four places - Nasik, Prayag, Haridwar and Ujjain, he is sure to attain Moksha and so overcomes the cycle of birth and death forever. It is also the day when people pray for their place in heaven. Thousands of Pandits and Pujaris ( holy men), do the puja for the common folk on this day. People also believe, if prayers are done for those who have died and have not yet reached heaven, if a cow is donated on this day and place, then gates of heaven are open for them.

Kumbh Ka Mela is the day of Naga Sadhus. For them, the gates of the Ghats (river bank) opens in the wee hours. Special permissions have to be taken to see the unique and revered procession of these naked sadhus. The procession is called the Royal Procession as Sadhus come on the backs of Elephants and specially made Rathas. Thousands of Sadhus walk after these Rathas to the bank of Ganges. As soon as they each the bank all of them raise their voices in the praise of almighty. Millions of voices make one voice and this voice resounds in whole of the Prayag. Then they all plunge in the holy waters.

After this procession is over, the Ghats are opened for the common folks. Here they can see the various antics of Sadhus like walking on the water, talking with a snake, magic, tantras - all of them are here. A huge ground is open where millions of people come and stay in tents. Arrangments for their stay and food is done by the Indian Government but foreigners are not allowed to stay in these Tents.
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  • Kumbh Ka Mela is a auspicious Hindu Mela. People of other religion are not allowed in it. Its only a few years back that Foreigners are allowed to see Kumbh Ka Mela.
  • Kumbh Ka Mela is held in four major cities Nasik, Haridwar, Prayag and Ujjain. One can reach these places easily by train.
  • Kumbh Ka Mela has a lot of religious sanctity. Seeing it, its advisable to be in the Fair with a guide.
  • If you want to see the morning fair of Naga Sadhus then you have to take special permissions days before the fair begins. For taking photographs too, you have to take permissions.
  • Do not bring children at all. There is a herd of 7 - 8 million people. People get lost here, so you too should be accompanied with a companion or seek advice from the police deployed in Kumbh Fair.
  • Its advisable to have food in your booked Hotel. The grounds of Kumbh do not provide any food except prasahad and the street food is too oily to eat.
  • Do not bring along important documents and other valuables as there is a lot of hustle and bustle in the fair. Its better to keep them in the Hotel Locker. Keep India Currency with you as foreign Currency will not be accepted here.
  • There are best Hotels and Restaurants where you can stay in Nagaur and Jodhpur during the Fair. For further information, contact us.
  • For the exact dates of the fair, contact us.
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