Next Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in 2010

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Kumbha (meaning pot) Mela is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage that takes place at the following 4 locations of India.
oPrayag (Allahabad) at the confluence of three rivers Ganga (Ganges), Yamuna and Saraswati oHaridwar where the river Ganga enters the plains from Himalayas oUjjain on the banks of Shipra river, and oNasik on the banks of Godavari river.
The Kumbha pilgrimage occurs 4 times every 12 years, once at each of the 4 locations above.
Each 12-year cycle includes the Maha (great) Kumbha Mela at Haridwar and Prayag, attended by millions of people, making it the largest pilgrimage gathering around the world.
The holy city of Haridwar lies at the foot of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas Legend goes that when lord Shiva sent Ganga to quench the thirst of the people, she extricated herself from the matted locks of Lord Shiva and descended to the plains at Haridwar.
From here, the Ganga proceeds eastwards and southwards through Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Calcutta towards Ganga Sagar, where it meets the sea.
Haridwar  is home to some of the Most sacred Hindu rituals.
Devotees from all over the world flock here in their thousands to perform prayers.
Haridwar is also known for the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh Melas that are held marking the 12 years solar cycle.
Millions of devotees take a dip in the Ganges to attain salvation.
It is also believed that at the time of Kumbh Yog, the water of Ganga is charged with positive healing effects and that water at the time of Kumbh is charged positively by enhanced  electromagnetic radiations of the Sun, Moon and the Jupiter, the flux of which also varies in accordance to positions and the phases of the moon, and also by the + and - signs of the sun spots.
It is said that you can attain salvation by praying to Lord Vishnu (Hari) or Lord Shiva and hence this sacred spot is known both as Haridwar and Hardwar.
The enchanting "Aarti" at "Har Ki Pauri" captives the beholder with hundreds of burning wick lamps floating down theGanga or Ganges.
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