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What is the story behind Kumbh Mela ?

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Asked by Joseph Chacko, 25 Jan '13 12:00 am
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Kumbh's history originates from the beginning of the Creation of universe. The Gods had lost their strength, and to regain it, they thought of churning the Ksheera Sagara for amrit , this required them to make a temporary agreement with their arch enemies, the demons or Asuras to work together, with a promise of sharing the nectar equally thereafter. However, when the Kumbha containing the amrita appeared, a fight ensued. For twelve days and twelve nights (equivalent to twelve human years) the gods and demons fought in the sky for the pot of amrita. It is believed that during the battle, the celestial bird, Garuda the vehicle of Vishnu flew away with the Kumbha of elixir, and that is when drops of amrita fell at four places on earth: Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik , and that is where the Kumbh Mela is observed every twelve years.
Answered by Vidhi Shrivastava, 25 Jan '13 12:14 am

 
  
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Mythological Story
Answered by jameel ahmed, 25 Jan '13 12:02 am

 
  
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Kumbh means a pitcher and Mela means fair in Hindi. The pilgrimage is held for about one and a half months at each of these four places where it is believed in Hindu mythology drops of nectar fell from the Kumbh carried by gods after the sea was churned. The festival is billed as the "biggest gathering on Earth". There is no scientific method of ascertaining the number of pilgrims even approximately and the estimates of the number of pilgrims bathing on the most auspicious day may vary very widely from two to eight million depending upon the team(s) of persons making the estimate and the rough method of making the estimate.
Answered by iqbal seth, 25 Jan '13 08:19 am

 
  
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