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Kumbh Mela 2013

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Kumbh Mela is the most important faith festival for Hinduism and biggest gathering of people in the world. It is held every third year at one of the four holy places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain. The largest one takes place every twelve years in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

The people comes to bath themselves in the sacred river to purify their soul. The main bathing place is Sangam, the confluence of the river Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.

Naga Sadhus are holy people who live naked and wear their hair in thick dreadlocks called Jata. Usually they live isolated from the real world and it is quite difficult to get close of them. Kumbh Mela is a great opportunity to be blessed with their holy ashes and visit different Akharas – an association of the different sects of Shadus where they spent their time meditating, receiving people, smoking and taking care of themselves. Naga Sadhus come for bathing in Sangam during Mauni Amavasya Snan (Main Bathing Day). This is considered the most auspicious day during all festival and in 2013 was celebrated on February 10th with about 30 millions of peregrines.