The Hindu festivals of India has specific significance behind them. There is always strong scientific, historical and thoughtful basis attached with them. Kumbha Mela one of the most spiritual extravagant festival of Hindus attracts people from all around the world. It is the largest spiritual and religious congregation on earth.
Millions of people from all over the world gather to witness the rich spiritual and religious carnival of Hinduism. The whole place is profound with chiming bells, Vedic hymns, incense and flower fragrance. The devotees, sadhus take a dip in the river Ganga to attain Moksha (eternal liberation).
The Mythology behind Kumbha Mela
The mythological significance behind Kumbha Mela is when the Hindu Gods lost their magical powers, wanted to regain it. Hence, they made an agreement with demons to churn out the primordial ocean of milk for Amrit (the nectar of immortality and strength).
Accordingly, they agreed to share equally but once the nectar was churned out, a fight broke out which lasted for 12 years. During this battle, Garuda (the bird) flew away with the pot of nectar. On the way of his flight, some drops of nectar fell in the auspicious spots like Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik. So, this is the mythology behind the Kumbha Mela and the locations.
How astrological alignments relate Kumbha Mela?
The planet’s alignments and positions helps to decide when and where the Maha Kumbha will held. According to astrological planetary positions when the Jupiter is in Taurus then it coincides with the Sun and Moon being in Capricorn sign. This confluence has a high impact on water and air that creates a positive atmosphere at the holy city of Prayag (Allahabad).
Different planets vary in duration in respect to complete one revolution around the sun. Jupiter takes eleven years and ten months (approximately twelve years). Hence, the Purna (Full) Kumbha Mela occurs once in every twelve years. Moreover, the position of Sun, Moon and the Jupiter in varied astrological signs decides the place of fair.
When the Sun is in Aries and Jupiter is in the sign of Aquarius, Kumbha Mela is held in Haridwar. Just like, Prayag and Haridwar there are astrological options available for the sacred city of Nasik and Ujjain too.