The Kumbh Mela started in Haridwar on the morning of 14th January. The Kumbh Mela happens once every 12 years. The fact that Makar Sankranti fell on the same day, made this start even more auspicious.
The Kumbh Mela occurs after every twelve years and rotates among four locations: Prayag (Allahabad) which is the meeting point of the Holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, Haridwar along the Ganga river, Ujjain along the Kshipra river and Nashik along the Godavari river.
The Kumbh Mela is supposed to be the largest congregation of Hindus and devotees. This years Kumbh mela fell on the day of Makar Sankranti, which is traditionally celebrated on the day the sun starts to move towards the north, marking a shift towards decline in winter. Astrologically speaking, this is the time when the planet Jupiter moves into the zodiac sign of Aquarius (Kumbha).
Kumbh Mela is attended by over a million people daily and the Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2010 is going to be no different. Sufficient arrangements have been done by the administration to avoid any untoward incidents. It’s one of the most religious Hindu festival and is performed by taking a bath in the Holy river. In Haridwar, the dips in the river have been restricted to three for each individual, so that every one can get a fair share.
Some important dates for
2010 Haridwar Kumbh Mela
14 January 2010 (Thursday)- Makar Sankranti Snan – First Snan (Bath)
15 January 2010 (Friday)- Mauni Amavasya and Surya Grahan ( Sola Eclipse) – Second Snan
20 January 2010 (Wedesday)- Basant Panchmi Snan – Third Snan
30 January 2010 (Saturday)- Magh Purnima Snan – Fourth Snan
12 February 2010 (Friday)- Maha Shivratri – Pratham Shahi Snan – First Royal Bath