New Delhi, India (PressExposure) June 17, 2009 -- HISTORY OF KUMBH MELA The origin of the Kumbh is very old and dates back to the time when Amrita Kalasha (pot of nectar of immortality) was recovered from Samudramanthan (during the churning of the primordial sea), for which a tense war between Devtas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) ensued. To prevent the Amrita Kalasha being forcibly taken into possession by Asuras, who were more powerful than Devtas, its safety was entrusted to the Devtas Brahaspati, Surya, Chandra and Shani. The four Devtas ran away with the Amrita Kalasha to hide it from the Asuras. Learning the conspiracy of Devtas, Asuras turned ferocious and chased the 4 Devtas running with Amrita Kalasha. The chase, lasted 12 days and nights during which the Devtas and Asuras went round the earth and during this chase, Devtas put Amrita Kalasha at Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain and Nasik. To commemorate this holy event of the Amrita Kalasha being put at 4 places, Kumbh is celebrated every 12 years. According to other Pauranic legends, actual fight took place between Devtas and Asuras resulting in the Amrita Kalash being knocked, out of which Amrita (Nectar) fell down at the above 4 places.
The Kumbh Mela is held at Haridwar in Phalgun and Chaitra (February/March/April). The Last Kumbh at Haridwar was in the year 1998.
DATES OF KUMBH MELA AT HARIDWAR 2010 In 2010, March-April, Maha Kumbh Mela will be held at Haridwar in the foothills of the Himalayas. The main bathing date for Kumbh Mela, Haridwar is 14th Jan 2010 (Makar Sakranti, 1st Royal Bath) 15th Jan 2010 (Mauni Amavsya, Solar Eclipse Bath) 20th Jan 2010 (Basant Panchami, Bath for General Public) 30th Jan 2010 (Magh Purnima, Bath for General Public) 12th Feb 2010 (Mahashivratri, First Royal Bath for Naga Sadhus) 28th Feb 2010 (Holi Dhan, Bath for General Public) 15th Mar 2010 (Somvati Amavasya, Second Royal Bath for Naga & other Sages) 14th Apr 2010 (Basant Panchami, Final Holy Dip for Naga Sadhus & Other Sages)