Ardh Kumbh and Maha Kumbh Mela are often interspersed with each other, but there is indeed a difference between the two. Ardh Kumbh Mela is celebrated once in every six years after the hosting of Maha Kumbh Mela festival, the celebration of which takes place after every twelve years. The venue keeps on changing from time to time. There are primarily four locations for conducting the Ardha Kumbh Mela, namely Prayag near Allahabad, Ujjain, Nasik and Haridwar. Ardh Kumbh Mela has been drawing more and more crowds year after year. Pilgrims visit this religious mela for the cleansing of their soul.
During the festive period of Ardh Kumbha Mela, a tent city turns up to provide refuge to the thousands of worshippers. Plenty of religious Hindu organizations set up their camps. Different theatre groups come in the forefront and enact plays that depict scenes from the religious scriptures of Hindus. The story of war between the demons and deities for obtaining the nectar is acted out, which brings out the significance of conducting Kumbh Mela. The festival of Kumbha Mela is truly a spectacle of faith.
Ardh Kumbh Mela to be held at a future date
Ardh Kumbh Mela is held once in every six years in India after a Maha Kumbh mela takes place. Read about the Ardha Kumbha festival.
Colors of India: Kumbh Mela : Ardh Kumbh Mela
Ardh Kumbh Mela
- In the year 2010, Ardh Kumbh Mela will be conducted at Ujjain.
- In the year 2013, Ardh Kumbh Mela will be conducted at Nasik.
- In the year 2016, Ardh Kumbh Mela will be conducted at Haridwar.