The 12-year cycle of Kumbh might change to 11-year after 2093 AD

This interesting observation was made by astrologer Dr Girija Shanker Shastri, HoD Sanskrit, Ishwar Sharan Degree College during the seminar on 'Prayag evam Kumbh Mahatmya Parv' held at the camp of Allahabad Musuem at Ardh Kumbh Mela.

The date of Kumbh Mela is influenced by the position of Sun and planets of the solar system.

Hindustan Times reports

"Kumbh is based on the position of Sun and Jupiter. Jupiter completes its revolution of the entire zodiac in 12 years and its rotation period is 361 days 1 hour 20 minutes and 34 seconds in one sign of the zodiac.

Likewise, the period of Sun's rotation is 365 days 6 hours 9 minutes and 15 seconds. Thus there is a difference of 4 days 4 hours and 47 minutes and this difference calculates to one zodiac sign position after 86 years. This will lead to change in time gap between two Kumbh festivals to 11 years.

The holding of Kumbh on usual 12 year period will start again after 1021 years since 2093 AD.” said Dr Girija Shanker Shastri.

These issues are for astrologers to decide. For an average devotee, the main concern is the pollution level in Ganges, which is the lifeline for millions of people. But there seems to be no major effort towards the cleaning up of Ganges.