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The Importance of Taking Bath in Holy Rivers during Kumbh Mela

The importance of Kumbh Mela is that it offers the chance to attain Moksha (liberation) from the endless cycle of birth and suffering of existence and to merge with Brahman – the supreme soul. The legend of Kumbh Mela begins with the search of Amrut or elixir of life in Puranas. The Kumbh Mela bathing ritual is believed to help in redemption of sins of several births and the history of ritual is traced back to the Rg Veda.

Haridwar Kumbh Mela is being held from January 14, 2010.

Liberation or merging with the Brahman is the main significance of Kumbh Mela.

The two main elements worshipped during a Kumbh Mela are the Sun or Surya and the Holy River (water). Surya is worshipped in Hinduism as the Pratyaksha Brhaman or the visible God. The combined force of sun and river is essential for the existence of human life.

Some scholars are of the view that this unique occasion used be a gathering of Holy men and Sadhus from around the world to discuss about Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism).

Another popular belief is that during the Kumbha Mela period the water of Ganga has special healing powers due to the unique alignment of Sun, Moon and Jupiter.

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