It is believed that in mythological times, the Kumbh Mela started from the pilgrimage city of Haridwar. It is proved by many historical archaeological and mythological texts that our eternal culture and civilization were developed on the banks of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers. Later this eternal civilization developed till the Indus Valley.
Why this event happens after 12 years ?
It is believed that there was a continuous war between the gods and the demons for 12 days to get the pot of nectar. According to the Hindu calendar, 12 days of Gods means 12 years of human beings, therefore Kumbh is organized every 12 years. The Ardh Kumbh Mela is held every 6 years in Haridwar and Prayagraj, while the full Kumbh Mela is held in Prayagraj only after twelve years and after 144 years after the twelve Kumbh Melas, the Maha Kumbh Mela
This is how the date of the Kumbh Mela is decided
According to mythological astrological beliefs and astrological calculations, Kumbh is organized in Dharma city Haridwar due to the entry of Jupiter into Aquarius and the Sun into Aries. They are also the bearers of Sanatan culture, who become the symbol of faith in Kumbh, the world’s biggest religious event and the biggest festival of Sanatan Dharma. Kumbh Mela has importance in Sanatan Hinduism. According to the Vedas, this is the only Kumbh Mela, festival and celebration, which should be celebrated by all Hindus together.
This tradition of religious conventions dates back to the Vedic age in India. When rishis and munis used to gather on the banks of a river and discuss religious, philosophical, and spiritual mysteries. This tradition continues even today. There is a huge science behind organizing the Kumbh Mela. Whenever the celebration of this fair starts, the explosions happening on the Sun increase and its effect is terrible on the earth. It has been observed that there are changes in the Sun between every 11 to 12 years.
Confluence of Faith and Devotion
Kumbh is considered the world’s largest religious event or fair. Such a large number of events take place only in Sanatan Dharma. The Kumbh, which is held every 12 years, is a medium to connect the assembled people. Kumbh is also organized every three years at four different places.
It is believed that when pot of nectar came out of the churning of the ocean, gods and asura started fighting and spilled the nectar on the earth during the war. Wherever the drops of his nectar fell, Kumbh is organized once every 12 years. This Kumbh is called Purna Kumbh. It got spilled at 4 places.
According to the Hindu religion, drops of nectar fell at four places from the pitcher of Indra’s son Jayanta. River Ganges in Haridwar, River Kshipra in Ujjain, Godavari in Nashik, and at the convergence of River Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati known as Sangam in Prayagraj. According to religious belief, all the sins of the people who take a holy bath in Kumbhmela are absolved and they attain salvation. Kumbhmela and planets have a deep connection. The Kumbhmela is organized only when the same position of the planets is created as it was when nectar was spilled.
It is believed that Surya, Chandra, Brihaspati, and Shani played an important role in protecting the Amrit Kalash during the falling of the drops. Chandra protected the Kalash from being heard, Guru from being abducted, and Shani from Devendra’s fear, Surya saved the Amrit Kalash from bursting. That’s why according to mythology and astrologers, in the year in which Sun, Moon, and Jupiter or Saturn coincide, the Kumbhmela is organized in the yog of the same zodiac, wherever the drops of nectar fell.