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The highlight feature of the Kumbh Mela is the bathing ceremony (snan). Millions of people travel across the globe to take a dip inthe Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati during the festival as it is believed by doing so one gets free from the baggage of sins committed in his lifetime and also attains salvation which is freedom from the cycle of birth and death. The Vedic Scriptures account for several other reasons to take bath in Holy Rivers like Ganges, Yamuna, Godawari and Narmada. The bathing ceremony is the most auspicious activity in this festival apart from the enlightenment one receives through spiritual discussions with the saints.
In Vedic culture, every river is personified as a deity and the water stream is interpreted as the material manifestation of that personality. Rivers are deified as mothers as they are a source for human existence. River Ganga is one of the most special rivers as it is believed to come directly from the ocean of milk by washing the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu. Bathing in the holy waters of Ganga is believed to be most auspicious at the time of Kumbh Mela.
Allahabad. Bathing at the time of Maha Kumbh also known as Shahi snan or Royal Bathing Days.
After 12 long years the grand event is again at the doorstep for people to grab the opportunity to witness the magnificent spectacle at Allahabad, the place of confluence of the three holy rivers, in January, 2013. The details about the most auspicious days during the festival on which devotees will take the holy dip in the waters of Ganges, Yamuna and the lost Saraswati are enlisted below:
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Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 Bathing (Shahi Snan) Dates
|14th January 2013||Sunday||Makar Sankarnti||First Shahi Snan|
|27th January 2013||Sunday||Paush Purnima||-|
|6th February 2013||Wednesday||Ekadashi Snan||-|
|10th February 2013||Sunday||Mauni Amavasya Snan||Main Bathing Day (Dark moon)|
|15th February 2013||Friday||Basant Panchami Snan||Fifth day of the new moon (Last Shahi Snan )|
|17th February 2013||Sunday||Rath Saptami Snan|
|18th February 2013||Monday||Bhisma Ashtami Snan||Eigth day of the new moon|
|25th February 2013||Monday||Maghi Purnima Snan|
|10th March 2013||Sunday||Shivaratri Snan||Shivaratri is not a shahi snan|
These are the dates when millions will come to take a holy dip at confluence of holy rivers at Allahabad. For further help please visit Kumbh Mela 2013 Facebook page and post any queries about the festival.