ORIGIN OF KUMBHMELA
In honored vedic Indian literatures origins of Kumbh Mela has been described that once Devas and Asuras assembled together to churn the ocean in a certain cosmos in desire for getting the nectar of immortality, For thousands of years god churned the ocean and once found Vishnu took the Nectar for Devas and escaped , drops from nectar fell on 4 places giving them mystical powers and dip at one of these places will cure you of your bad karma and passage to higher planes of spirituality becomes possible and these places came to be known as kumbhmela.
It is not exactly known since when did people begin to hold Kumbh Mela; it is widely known how this spectacle of faith has attracted the curiosity of foreigners across the world. The famous Chinese traveler Hiuen-Tsang was probably the first person to mention Kumbh Mela in his diary.
In the 8th century, the great Indian saint Shankara popularized the Kumbh Mela among the common people. With each passing year the fair began to be attended by more and more people.
By 1977, the number of pilgrims attending Kumbh Mela had grown to a record 15 million! By 1989, the attendance was approximately 29 million!! Today, more than 60 million people is said to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela, making it the largest gathering anywhere in the world.
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.
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.