Kumbh Mela is held at each of the four places namely Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain once in every 12 years. It is known to be a time when spiritual energy travels all around the place during this holy event. It’s a social harmony where you get to see many saints and sadhakas gathering at one place. This event even gives you the chance of seeking the blessings of these pious saints.
The position of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter in different zodiac signs determines the location of the Kumbh in each of these places.
- Kumbh in Haridwar : When the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter is in Aquarius it is held in Haridwar.
- Kumbh in Prayag : When the Sun is in Capricorn and Jupiter is in Taurus, it is held in Allahabad (Prayag).
- Kumbh in Nasik : When Jupiter enters the zodiac sign Leo it is held in Nasik. It is also held in Nasik, when Jupiter, Sun and Moon enter the zodiac sign Cancer on Amavasya.
- Kumbh in Ujjain : Ujjain, one of the most sacred places in India, is located on the banks of the sacred river Kshipra in the western region of Madhya Pradesh. Kumbh in Ujjain is held when a rare configuration of planets takes place which happens once in 12 years. When the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo, it is held in Ujjain. Considering its relevance to the zodiac ‘Leo’ meaning ‘Simha’ in Sanskrit, the Kumbh is also referred to as ‘Simhasth Kumbh’.
It is the great bathing festival which sees lakhs of devotees coming together from across the world to celebrate this month long congregation. The ceremonial bathing takes place in the holy River Kshipra on the full moon day of Chaitra month and continues in different intervals during the entire month of Vaishakh, culminating on the tenth full moon day.