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What is Ardh Kumbh mela?

Kumbh Mela is a sacred holy pilgrimage  in Hinduism that takes in four important locations in India. The pilgrimage takes place once in twelve years in Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar. Ardh Kumbh Mela or Half-Kumbh Mela takes place in these four locations during the sixth year of the twelve year cycle. 

The legend of Kumbh Mela can be traced back to the Puranas. The same legend applies to Ardh Kumbh Mela.

Each location – Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar – will have an Ardh Kumbh Mela once in 12 years.
  • At Allahabad in the Hindu month of Magha (January-February) - 1995, 2007, 2019…
  • At Haridwar in the Hindu month of Caitra (March-April) - 1992, 2004, 2016…
  • At Nasik in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August-September) - 1997, 2009, 2021
  • At Ujjain in the Hindu month of Vaisakha (April-May) - 1998, 2010, 2022…
The Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and Haridwar is of great importance. 

There is not much significance in the other two places.