History & Significance of India’s Largest Human Gathering at Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is one of the biggest Hindu festivals which are celebrated every three years, & the location switches between four different locations- Prayag, Ujjyan, Nasik & Haridwar. Kumbh Mela has its own religious importance which is held in every 12 years. It is the largest gathering of faith. Whole world of the peoples are participate & take a bath in the holy river for hope of washing away their past sins. But have we ever thought about what is the history of Kumbh Mela? Why we celebrated? 


What is the history of Kumbh Mela?


Kumbh Mela is made up with a two words Kumbh & Mela. The name Kumbh is arised from the immortal pot of Amrita. In puranas describe that Devtas & Demons fight for this Amrita. Mela, as we all are familiar, is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’. The history of Kumbh Mela is related to the days when the Devtas & Demons jointly produced amrita for immortality as portrayed in Mythology. After that they agreed to complete the task & decided to share the Amritas of immortality in half. When the Devtas & Demons congregate on the shore of the milk ocean the lies in the heaven region of the cosmos. After whipping of the milk ocean produced a deadly poison which Lord Shiva drank without being affected.

Kumbh Mela has lot of Spiritual significance:


1. The human body is created from earth & merges into the earth; therefore ‘Kumbh’ (the earthen pot) symbolizes the human body.
2. The human body is filled by anger, lust, desires, achievements, it is believe that dip in the holy river, and we get rid of our all desires.
3. It promises to purify our soul, thus promotes our spiritual growth, health, emotional strengths & puts us on the path to Mokhsa.
4. We gathered lot of spiritual knowledge during Kumbh Mela from many Sadhu sants.