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Ardh Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2007

The Ardh Kumbh Mela at Allahabad – known as Prayag, Prayagraj, Sangam and Teertharaj – begins on January 3, 2007 and culminates on February 26, 2007. The most important bathing ritual dates are3rd January 2007 – Paush Poornima14-15th January 2007 – Makar Sankranti19th January 2007 – Mauni Amavasya23rd January 2007 – Vasant Panchami02nd February 2007 – Maghi Poornima16th February 2007 – MahashivratriThe Ganga (Ganges), Yamuna, and the mythical river Saraswathi meets at Prayag or Allahabad. It is this confluence of the holy rivers that has made Prayag one of the holiest spots in Hinduism.Rig Veda states that bathing at this ‘Sangam’ or at the confluence of these rivers gives immortality to humans. The Brahma Purana, Vishnu Purana, Varaha Purana, Matsya Purana talks about the importance of ‘Prayaga’ or ‘Sangam.’ ‘Bathing’ – during the Kumbh Mela at the ‘Sangam’- washes away the sins of generations. The ‘Bathing Ritual’ at the Sangam is equal to 1,000 Ashwamedha Yajnas (horse sacri…