According to astrological calculations, the Kumbha Mela is held every twelve years at four places,
Prayag (Allahabad) at the confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Haridwar where the river Ganga enters the plains from Himalayas.
Ujjain (in Madhya Pradesh), on the banks of Ksipra river.
Nasik (in Maharashtra) on the banks of Godavari river.
and begins on Makar Sankranti, the day when the sun and moon enter Capricorn and Jupiter enters Aries. The astrological configuration on Makar Sankranti is called "Kumbhasnanayoga" and is considered to be especially auspicious, as it is said that the passage from Earth to the higher planets is open at that time, thus allowing the soul to easily attain the celestial world. This year Makar Sankranti falls on 14th January 2013.
In the year 2013, Kumbh Mela is to be held at Prayag (Allahabad).
The highlight feature of the Kumbh Mela is the bathing ceremony (snan). Millions of people travel across the globe to take a dip in the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati during the festival as it is believed by doing so one gets free from the baggage of sins committed in his lifetime and also attains salvation which is freedom from the cycle of birth and death.
The details about the most auspicious days during the festival on which devotees will take the holy dip in the waters of Ganges, Yamuna and the lost Saraswati are enlisted below:
Main Bathing Date for 2013 Allahabad Kumbh Mela : 10th February 2013 - Mauni Amavasya Snan
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