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Kumbh Mela

The origin of the Kumbha Mela
Kumbh Mela In order to get Amrit, the drink which led to immortality, all Devtas (lords) approach Danavas (Demons) and persuade them to perform Samudra Manthana (churning of the sea) as it was impossible for devtas to do it alone. Making a paddle out of Mount Mander and a rope out of serpent Anant Nag they churned the ocean till it yielded Dhanvantri, the divine physician who emerged holding the kumbh (pitcher) of Amrit (the nectar of life) that could bestow immortality. As both the demons and the gods lunged for the pot. Dhanvantri changed himself into a rook and flew off the heavens, with the pitcher. On his journey, which lasted twelve days, he rested at four spots-Prayag, Nasik, Ujjainn and Haridwar-which have consequently been consecrated by drops of nectar that fell there. Therefore, these places are considered holy by the Hindus and have become important pilgrim spots.

The ascetics and sadhus are an integral part of the Kumbh. One of the aims of all devout Hindus, who make a pilgrimage to the Kumbh, is to have darshan of these holy men. By touching their feet and listening to them, their followers hope to gain spiritual enlightenment. The most conspicuous sadhus at the Kumbh are the Nagas or naked sadhus. Constant exposure to the elements and rigorous self-control makes them impervious to the extremes of hot and cold.

The Special Attractions
Sadhu Meditating The Kumbh Mela became an important meeting ground for the devout Hindus and its importance has not diminished over the years. Even today, millions of pilgrims from all over the world, from various walks of life, sects and communities, gather at the Kumbh. For most it is a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Rituals And Traditions
The main rite performed at the mela is the ritual bath. Orthodox Hindus, who give great importance to the performance of ritualistic action, believe that a dip in the sacred waters on the auspicious day will cleanse them and their ancestors back to the eighty-eighth generation, off all evil and sin, thus ensuring their salvation or freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth. Ritual bathing is a public act and is performed in the open and ideally on the banks of a river or stream. The most auspicious day for the ritual bath at Kumbh is on the day of the new moon.

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Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Places to visit: Delhi - Mathura - Vrindavan - Agra - Varanasi - Allahabad - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orcha - Jhansi - Bhopal - Ujjain - Indore - Delhi - Rishikesh - Delhi
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Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places to visit: Delhi - Jaipur - Pushkar - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Ludharva - Peerawala - Dunes - Kuldhara - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delh
Tours Id : SH - 002

Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places to visit: New Delhi / Jaipur / Agra / Khajuraho / Varanasi / Kathmandu / Delhi
Tours Id : SH - 009

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