kumbha mela bath days - 2001

kumbha melamela bath days & astrological timings

Important kumbha mela bath days are:
January   9, 2001  Pausa Purnima (full moon)
January 14, 2001  Makhara Sankranti
January 24, 2001  Mauni Amavasya (dark moon)
January 29, 2001  Vasant Pancami
February  8, 2001 Magh Purnima
February 21, 2001 Maha Shivratri

The systems of astronomy and astrology in India date back thousands of years to the Vedic age, 3,000 B.c. From the Rig Veda, which emerged in the Vedic age as an authoritative literature on cosmic time cycles, information is gathered which enables astrologers to calculate the appropriate dates for observing the Kumbha Mela. According to the calculations made from the Rig Veda, the sun moves from one of the twelve signs in the zodiac to another twelve times within a period of 360 days. Thus the sun enters the sign of Capricorn once in a year. That day is called Makar Shankranti and is said to be the beginning of an auspicious period for performing ritualistic and other spiritual activities. Jupiter, however, remains for one full year in each of the twelve signs of the zodiac before moving on to the next. Therefore, Jupiter enters a particular sign of the zodiac only once in twelve years. When Jupiter enters the sign of Aries and the sun simultaneously enters Capricorn, once in twelve years, the configuration is called Kumbba snana-yoga, and it sets the time for observing the Kumbha Mela.

Based on astrological calculations from the Rig Veda, astrologers have scheduled these six important days for observing a holy bath during the Kumbha Mela. The days considered most auspicious for bathing are Purnima (full moon); Makhara Shankranti; Mauni Amavasya (dark moon); Vasant Panchami (fifth day of the new moon); Magh Purnima (full moon); and Shiva Ratri (appearance day of Shiva). Those pilgrims who remain for the full forty-one days of the Kumbha Mela and observe all the important holy baths are given the elite distinction of being called kalpvasis, residents of the Kumbha Mela.

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