The myth behind the festival
The Kumbh Mela is a festival that celebrates and commemorates the triumph of the gods’ over the demons in the battle for Amrit, the nectar of immortality. It is said that during the battle 4 drops of nectar fell to the earth. A drop each is supposed to have fallen at the cities of Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain. Over the centuries pilgrims have celebrated this triumph of good over evil by bathing in the rivers near the four locations where the Amrit is said to have fallen. It is believed that taking a dip in the Ganges at Haridwar, during the Kumbh Mela will cleanse one of all their sins, and grant an escape from the endless cycle of reincarnation by paving a path for salvation or Moksha.
The Kumbh Mela is a spiritual event of epic proportions which takes place every 12 years in the city of Haridwar in northern India. It is a pilgrimage of faith, salvation and hope for millions of Indians and vast numbers gather in observance of one of India’s most famous religious events.
The relevance of the number 12
According to the myth, once the churning of the ocean of milk yielded Amrit, or nectar of immortality, the gods and demons fought for its control and possession for 12 days and 12 nights. These 12 days and nights are believed to amount to 12 human years, thereby making the number 12 extremely significant and pivotal in the occurrence of the Kumbh Mela. It is believed that at these intervals of 12 years, the confluence waters acquire the properties of the Amrit, absolving one of all sins and granting Moksha or salvation.
The Science behind the Maha Kumbh
The Maha Kumbh cycle of 12 years synchronises with the different stages of the sun spot cycle which is known to have a very similar cyclic period of approximately 11.1 years. The sun spot cycle is known to enhance the electro-magnetic field (EMF) of the Earth and its environment which in turn affects the bio-system. Of the many effects of the EM field, one is reported to be to inhibit the regulatory systems of the body, like the nervous, endocrine, circulatory and respiratory, giving rise to a condition quite similar to the inhibitory effects of meditation. In view of this naturally induced meditation physiology, spiritual practice during the Maha Kumbh is greatly advocated.
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