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Important dates for Maha kumbha - Haridwar 2010
History and Legend of Kumbha Mela
Bathing Ghats in Kumbh Mela
Ashrams and Dharamshala in Haridwar

According to astrologers, the 'Kumbh Fair' takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. Kumbha (Kumbha means pot) Mela (means fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage. It takes place at the following four locations of India: Prayag, Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Ujjain(Madhya Pradesh), Nasik (Maharashtra)

In 2010 the Kumbh Mela will happen in Haridwar (Uttarakhand) on the bank of River Ganges. Last time Kumbh Mela happened in Hardwar in 1999.

Dates of Kumbha Mela, Haridwar (Hardwar) 2010
January 14 to April 28, 2010

Haridwar Invites You for Kumbh Mela, 2010
Haridwar (Hardwar) is located on the foothills of Shivaliks of Himalayan Range. In acient scriptures Haridwar was also known as Tapovan, Mayapuri, Gangadwar and Mokshadwar. It is one of the most sacred seven cities of India. Haridwar have enormous religious significance and a key pilgrimage town for the Hindus. So, this time let your heart soak in all the spirituality to the holy land of Haridwar in Kumbh Mela of 2010.

During 2004 Ardh Kumbh at Haridwar, more than 10 millions devotees gathered at the site. Saints, priests, and yogis from all corners of India, gathered to participate in Kumbh. Haridwar is considered very holy, due to the fact that Ganga enter plains from mountains here itself.

Kumbh Mela Dates, Haridwar 2010

One of the most important and common reason to attend the largest holy festival Kumbha Mela is to take dip in the Holy river on auspicious dates. It is said that holy dip in sacred river during Maha Kumbh or Ardh Kumbh takes human out of the circle of life & death (also called as Moksha or salvation).

 Important dates for Maha kumbha - Haridwar 2010
14 Jan 2010 Thu Makar Sankranti Snan-First Snan (bath)
15 Jan 2010 Fri Mauni Amavasya and Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)- 2nd Snan
20 Jan 2010 Wed Basant Panchmi Snan -Third snan
30 Jan 2010 Sat Magh Purnima Snan-Fourth Snan
12 Feb 2010 Fri Maha Shivratri Pratham Shahi Snan -First Royal Bath
15 Mar 2010 Mon Somvati Amavasya - Dvitya Shahi snan -2nd Royal Bath.
24 Mar 2010 Wed Ram Navmi-Fifth Snan
30 Mar 2010 Tue Chaitra purnima snan
14 Apr 2010 Wed Baisakhi - Pramukh Shahi Sanan
28 Apr 2010 Wed Shakh Purnima snan
Shahi Snaan (Royal Bath) for six Akharas of Vaishnav and Udasi sects: March 15, March 30, and April 14, 2010


Next Dates for Maha Kumbh Festival (every 12 years in 4 locations)

In 2013, January 27th to February 25th Maha Kumbh Mela will beheld in Allahabad (Prayag).
In 2015, August 15th to September 13th Maha Kumbh Mela will be held in Nasik .
In 2016, April 22nd to May 21st Maha Kumbh Mela will be held in Ujjan.

History and Legend of Kumbha Mela

Kumbh Mela is considered as the most auspicious period of India. The origin of Kumbh Mela dates back to the time when Gods (Devtas) and Demons (Asura) resided on earth. Devtas were under the influence of a curse which aroused fear in them eventually making them weak and coward. Brahma (the creator) advised them to churn the milky ocean to obtain the elixir of immortality. The Mandara Mountain acted as the churning rod and Vasuki (king of serpents) was used as a rope for churning. Kumbh was the pot which consist the nectar of immortality and was recovered from Samudramanthan.

Devtas asked the help of demons for this sturdy task to complete with mutual agreement of sharing the elixir of immortality equally. They churned the ocean for 1000 years, where demons were holding Vasuki’s head and Gods were holding its tail. Finally after this entire churning process, Dhanwantari appeared with Kumbh in his palms. To prevent the amrita (elixir of immortality) from demons, its safety was entrusted to Gods Brahaspati, Surya, Shani and Chandra. After learning the conspiracy of the Devtas, demons turned vicious and attacked them. Devtas knew that demons possessed more power and can easily defeat them. The Devtas ran away with the Kumbh to hide it away and they were chased by Asuras. For 12 days and 12 nights the Gods were chased by Demons for the possession of Amrita. These 12 days of Gods are equivalent to 12 years of Humans. During this chase for the elixir of immortality the drops from Kumbh fell at four places – Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik.

Whereas some stories tells us that Demons were chased by Gods for 12 days and nights when the drops of amrita fell down from Kumbh at Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. In some mythological scriptures it is mentioned that the war between Gods and Demons in the sky lasted for twelve days for the possession of Amrita. To commemorate this holy event Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated in every twelve years at the four sacred places where the drops from Kumbh were fallen.
Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering in the world where millions of devotees takes a holy dip in the sacred water.

It is believed that the river turns itself into sanctity spots filled with primordial amrita at the historic moment of the Maha Kumbh Mela. The pilgrims get once in a lifetime chance to bathe in the spirit of holiness, auspiciousness and salvation.


Bathing Ghats in Kumbh Mela
Bathing in the holy river on the auspicious occasion of Kumbh Mela is the most important activity for millions of people in India. A large tented city is erected and pilgrims stay at tents owned by Pandas (religious and spiritual guides) and at various ashrams. Others will just camp on the ground or turn up for the actual bathing day. Some of these bathing days are designated "royal," and it is on these days that the naga sadhus (naked mendicants) parade and bathe. On other days there will still be people bathing and other events and random processions.

Bathing Ghats in Haridwar
Har ki Pauri
This sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is believed that Bhartrihari eventually came to Haridwar to meditate by the banks of holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed a Ghat in his name which later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri. This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund Ghat. Vikramaditya remains an enigma; some historians date his reign to 57 BC, others to the sixth century AD. The reflection of golden hues of floral diyas in the river Ganga is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga Aarti ceremony.

Parwah Ghat
Immediately south of the main Ganga temple is the Asthi Prawah Ghat, where the ashes of the dead are immersed in the Ganga, in the belief that as with the 60,000 sons of Sanger, the cooling waters of the river will bestow salvation upon the departed soul.

Subhash Ghat
Subhash Ghat, with a statue of the freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, is adjacent to Har-Ki-Pauri. The Sewa Samiti, another voluntary organization, runs a dispensary here and also assists pilgrims.

Gau Ghat
South of Subhash Ghat is Gau Ghat, where people seek atonement for the sin of cow-slaughter (gau means cow). The unique veneration of cow in India goes back 3500 years. The cow was “Kamadhenu”, the fulfiller of desires, and a cherished item of wealth. Death ceremonies were completed with the pious act of donating a cow. The sin of killing a cow is “equal to the sin of killing a Brahmin”.


Ashrams and Dharamshala in Haridwar

There are more than 300 Ashrams and Dharamshalas in Haridwar which can accommodate more than 15000 pilgrims during Kumbh, Ardh Kumbha and other auspicious occasion in Haridwar. These Ashrams and Dharamshalas take nominal fees from pilgrims for accommodation and provide very basic facilities.

Some of the popular Ashrams are

Soham Ashram Yogananda Yogashram
Name of Swamiji-Sri Sw.Maheshananda Bhavan Turst
President - Sri Sw. Vivekananda Ji Maharaj
Address- Bhupatwal
Name of Swamiji- Sri Yogananda Saraswati
Address - Sapta Sarover, Ananda Van
Umeshwar Dham
Name of Swamiji - Sw. Satguru Dev Paramhansa Uma Bharti Ji Maharaj
Address - Sapta Sarover Marg
Parmarth Ashram, Sukhdevananda Trust
President - Sw. Chinmayanand Saraswati
Manager - Sw. Mangalanand Saraswati
Address - Sapta Sarover
Jai Maa Ashram
Founder - 1008 M.M. Sadgurudev Chakravarti
Caretaker - Jyoti Maa Usha Mata Ji Maharaj
Address - Motichoor
Vivek Niketan
Name of Swamiji - Sw. Vivekanad Ji Maharaj
Address -Ananada Van, Sapta Sarover
Sri Sadhu Guru Kabir Gurukul Ashram
Founder - Mahant Sri Gurumukh Sahib Ji
Manager - Sri Dev Narayan Das
Address - Sapta Sarover
Sri Madhwashram
Name of Swamiji - Sri Ram Vithala Turst
Address - 336, Haripur Kalan, Sapta Sarowe
Hari Sharanam Satsanga Bhavan
Manager - Sw. Shailendracharaya Ji
Address - Ananada Van, Haripur Kalan
Sri Bhrama Nivas Ashram
President - M.M Parmarth Dev Ji
Address - Sapta Sarover Road
Shivananda Ashram
Founder - Sri 1008 Shivananada Ji Maharaj
Address - Sapta Sarover Road Bhupatwala
Siddeshwar Mahadev mandir
Name of Swamiji - Sachchidananda Ji Maharaj,
Address - Jigyasu Ashram, Sapta Sarover Road
Mataji's Ashrams in Haridwar
These ashrams are exclusively for womens in Haridwar. Some of the famous Mataji Ashrams in Haridwar are:
Anandamai Maa
Address - Daksha Prajapati Kankhal
Ashram - Tripura Yoga Ashram
Address - Kankhal
Ashram - Basanti Ashram
Address - Kankhal
Ashram - Santoshi Ashram
Address - Kankhal
Ashram - Mahila Milan Mandir
Address - Kankhal
Ashram - Parvati Ashram
Address - Kankhal
Ashram - Balabharti Ashram
Address - Kankhal
Ashram - Bhuma Shakti Peeth
Address - Sanyas Marg, Kankhal
Ashram - Gita Bharti
Address - Kankhal
Ashram - Sri 1008 Sri Shubha murti Maa
Address - Niranjani Akahara Road
Ashram - Santoshi Maa Ashram
Address - Shravana Nath Nagar
Ashram - Radha Mai Ashram
Address - Shravana Nath Nagar
Ashram - Janki Mai Ashram
Address - Bhima Goda
Ashram - Radha Mai Ashram
Address - Bhima Goda
Ashram - Sita Mai Ashram
Address - Bhima Goda
Ashram - Mira Krishna Kunj
Address - Bhima Goda
Ashram - Lalita Yoga Ashram
Address - Bhima Goda
Ashram - Navajyoti Ashram
Address - Bhima Goda