2013-01-17 08:35:52 - Live in Allahabad, India for Kumbh Mela pilgrimage, TV and online streaming of pilgrimage and Ganges river bathing ceremonies. Key festival event dates.
Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage that takes place once every 7 years. As the last event was so long ago, this is the first time technology has caught up enough to be able to provide good quality streaming coverage of the event.
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Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Sangam, meeting place, of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati, at Prayag where bathing for purification from sin is considered especially auspicious. The festival is billed as the "biggest gathering on Earth"; in 2001 more than 40 million gathered on the busiest of its 55 days.
The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is
celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik.The Mela alternates between Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years
According to the Mela Administration's estimates, around 70 million people participated in the 45-day Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, in 2007.
The last "Kumbh Mela " held in 2010 in Haridwar estimated by the authorities to attract between 30 and 70 million people. The current Maha Kumbh Mela began on 14 January, 2013 at Allahabad (Prayag). According to expectations more than 100 million people will attend the 2013 Kumbha mela.
Kumbh Mela is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Bṛhaspati (Jupiter) and the sun. When Jupiter and the sun are in the zodiac sign Leo (Simha Rashi) it is held in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik; when the sun is in Aries (Mesha Rashi) it is celebrated at Haridwar; when Jupiter is in Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi ) and the sun is in Capricorn (Makar Rashi) Kumbha Mela is celebrated at Prayag; and Jupiter and the sun are in Scorpio (Vrishchik Rashi) the Mela is celebrated at Ujjain. Each site's celebration dates are calculated in advance according to a special combination of zodiacal positions of Sun, Moon, and Jupite