As you all know,
Kumbh Mela is held after every 12 years, on the banks of river Ganga Beach in Haridwar, Ganga-Yamuna-Saraswati beach in Prayagraj, Godavari beach in Nashik and Shipra river in Ujjain.
This time, according to the moves of planets and constellations, Kumbh is being organized in the 11th year instead of the 12 years. This time, there is a coincidence of Jupiter, the master of the Sun and the Gods, that there will be only four royal baths in Kumbh.
The war of the Devas and Demons continued for 12 years according to the calculation of the earth. Meanwhile, the four places where the drops of nectar fell are considered extremely sacred and worthy of the Kumbh Mela. Since the duration of this struggle was 12 years, Kumbh Mela is held at every place after 12 years.
What is the history behind Kumbh Mela?
According to religious texts, the story of the Kumbh Mela begins with the churning of the sea, when a situation of war between the gods and asuras arose over nectar. When the sea churning between the gods and the asuras started with the help of Mount Mandar and Vasuki Nag, a total of 14 gems came out of it.
Of these, 13 gems were distributed among the gods and asuras, but when the nectar was produced from the urn, a situation of war arose on both sides to achieve it. Asuras wanted to be immortal after consuming nectar, the gods were not ready to share even a drop of it with the demons.
In such a situation, Lord Vishnu took the form (avataar) of Mohini and took the Amrit Kalash to himself. He gave this urn to Jayant, son of Indra. When Jayant was running away from the demons to save the Amrit Kalash, then some drops of Amrit from the Kalash fell on the earth.
In the four places where these drops fell - Haridwar, Prayagraj, Nashik and Ujjain, the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years.
What is the benefit of taking a royal bath in Kumbh?
Kumbh Shahi Snan 2021 has a special religious significance in Hinduism. It is believed that taking Kumbh Shahi Snan liberates a person from all kinds of sins and attains salvation. Pitro is very important in Hinduism. It is said that Pitras are also pacified by Kumbh bath and keep their blessings on you.
The royal bath of Kumbh (Kumbh Shahi Snan 2021) takes place in royal style like its name. During this time, saints in their marvelous form reach to bathe on the golden-silver palanquins of elephant-horses. Before the special Muhurta of this royal bath, sadhus gather on the shore and shout slogans of lord loudly.
It is believed that by taking a dip inside the river (Kumbh Shahi Snan) in this Muhurta, immortality is attained. Also, it is also believe that by bathing here on this day, all kinds of sins are destroyed. Significantly, this Muhurta starts at around 4 am. In this Muhurta, after the bathing of the sadhus of various akharas, the general public is given an opportunity to bathe.
In the end ,
I will like to sum up this blog by sharing with you all,few lines by kavita.....
ठंड के जोर का सबसे विकट महीना गंगा किनारे फिर..
उतर रहा है माघ का महीना
आस्था की डुबकी लगाएगा संगम अहा!
दृश्य होगा कितना विहंगम
तंबूओं की होंगी लंबी-लंबी कतारें नागाओं किन्नर महंतो के अखाड़े
नर-नार साधु-संत और पंडों का रेला कुम्भ में लगेगा..... खिचड़ी का मेला
अमृत के स्नान का,
हो रहा है आगाज़ कुंभ के रंग में, रंगा जा रहा है प्रयागराज
गंगा की सौंधी खूशबू... होगी आत्मसात आओ विचरण करें प्रयाग की एक प्रभात ।