Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2010
Kumbh Mela is one of the largest & oldest religious gatherings held byHindus believing that the waters of the Ganges turn into nectar on thisauspicious occasion. People from all over the world gather here for aholy dip in the divine water of Ganga as they believe it eliminates allthe evil and past sins from an individual's life.
The Kumbh Mela is held on a rotational basis in four of the most holyHindu places in India -- on the banks of the Godavari River in Nashik(Maharastra), the Shipra River in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), the GangesRiver in Haridwar (Uttarakhand), and convergence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers in Allahabad/Prayag (Uttar Pradesh). TheKumbh Mela is held in each location once every 12 years
Sacred Hindu festival of
Kumbh Mela 2010 atHaridwar
Soon, the entire holy town of Haridwar would be reverberating withtemple bells and Vedic chants. Sadhus, rishis and yogis wouldoverpack Haridwar. Pilgrims and devotees would be busy taking asacred dip in the divine waters of the Ganges and observing rites andrituals. Thus one can experience the most surreal scenes on theriverbanks of the Ganges during Kumbh
From dawn till dusk,rites and rituals continue.
Mela Pilgrims:Naga Babas
, a big attraction for all, keep themselves busy meditatingand practicing different yogic postures. These
remainnaked, with long matted hair and the body smeared in ashes. It isinteresting to see that the extremities of weather do not affect them.
, who believe in observing self mortification.
Sadhus of the Parivajakas
sects who observe complete silence. Inorder to clear the way, they do not say a word but tinkle little bells.
who keep themselves in the standing posture round theclock. They remain busy meditating standing upside down.
-- who remain by the river banks and devote their time tomeditating, performing rituals, and bathing numerous times a day.
Sacred bathing at the Mela: