India is one such county where fairs and festivals take place with the change of every season. Every festival in India is celebrated with great joy and happiness. Some festivals are celebrated with colors while some with the lovely glowing diyas and candles. These fairs and festivals have some special meaning and have always glorified the rich culture and traditional beauty of India. This year also one such festival is going to be held in Haridwar famously known as the Kumbh Mela.
Kumbh Mela or the festival of the great urn is the symbolic to the attainment of Nirvana or freedom from the life cycle of birth and death. This festival has great meaning in the Hindu religion and is religiously important for Hindus. The religious aspect and the legend of this great festival date back to time when pot of nectar for immortality was recovered from the mixing of the ocean for which a tensed war between God and Demon ensued. Around twelve days and twelve nights there was a fierce battle between god and demons in order to possess the pot of amrit. holi festival It is believed that during the battle, drops of amrit fell on the four places, Nasik, Ujjain, Haridwar and Allahabad. In order to remember the holy event Amrita Kalasha Kumbha, Kumbh Mela in India is celebrated in these four places after every three year.
The various features and importance of the Hindu festival is best explored in its diverse forms. Under the same umbrella people from all the nook and corner of the world come and make this great event successful. Naga, hermit, sages and yogis gather in one place and perform the rituals and customs by taking bath in the holy water of Ganga and end result is diverse exhibition of spiritual power which is an experience in itself. Not only the sadhus, holy many, great souls gather in this holy gather, but people from European counties also come to be the part of this age old festival and the largest holy gathering of people in India.
You will come across several astonishing faces some painted with ashes, while some with long hairs touching the feet, while some with long tikas in their forehead. They are none other than the great saints, sadhus, yogis and hermit who comes from length and breadth of the country gather to take dip in the holy water of Ganga. It is believed that the spiritual and the holy water of Ganga washes away the sins and purify the soul and life of an individual.
Well if you to want to be the part of this holy gathering come to Haridwar. It is one of the four sited where this holy festival is going to take place. It is the city with enormous religious significance and one of the seven sacred cities of India. They year the Kumbh Mela is going to take place in Haridwar. So never miss this golden opportunity to purify your soul and change the way of your life. So, this time let your heart soak in all the spirituality to the holy land of Haridwar in Kumbh Mela of 2010.