The Ardh Kumbh Mela Haridwar 2016 will be celebrated from 14 January 2016- 22 April 2016 and will be the centre for attraction among pilgrims from all over the world and tourists. The Kumbha Mela of Haridwar is also seen as original among all the Kumbh Mela as it occurs as per the astrological sign Aquarius, which means Kumbh and one can also find many references to a 12 year cycle for it.
What is Ardh Kumbh Mela?
The term Ardh means half and Kumbha Mela is held in one of these holy places after a period of 12 years. Hence, Ardh Kumbha Mela is held in the gap of six years (which is half of 12 years) and is organised only in two places: Haridwar and Allahabad. In January 2016, Haridwar is the holy place where Ardh Kumbh Mela will be held.
For instance, if Kumbha Mela was held in 1998 at Haridwar then next one held in 2010 at Haridwar again after completing the span of 12 years. But, in between the period of 12 years, Ardh Kumbha Mela is celebrated from the gap of 6 years from 1998, i.e. in 2006. Hence, the next Ardh Kumbha Mela in Haridwar will occur in 2016 (distance of 6 years from the year of 2010). The Maha Kumbh Mela occurs after 144 years after completing 12 Kumbh Melas.
Important Dates of Haridwar Ardh Kumbh 2016
|14 January 2016||First Snan (Makar Sankranti)|
|9 February 2016||Second Snan (Mauni Amavasya)|
|12 February 2016||Third Snan (Vasant Panchami)|
|22 February 2016||Fourth Snan (Magh Purnima)|
|7 March 2016||First Royal/Shahi Snan (Maha Shivratri)|
|7 April 2016||Chetra Amaavasya|
|8 April 2016||Divya Shahi Snan – Royal Bath for Six Akharas of Vaishnav and Udasi Sects (Somvati Amaavasya)|
|14 April 2016||Mesha Sakranti|
|15 April 2016||Fifth Snan (Ram Navami)|
|22 April 2016||Royal/Shahi Bath for six Akharas of Vaishnav and Udasi Sects (Chaitra Purnima)|
Bathing Dates of Haridwar Ardh Kumbh 2016
|Dates||Events on this Day|
|14th January||Makar Sankranti|
|12th February||Vasant Panchami|
|22nd February||Magh Purnima|
|7th April||Chaitra Amavasya|
|8th April||Chaitra Shukla Pratipada|
|14th April||Mesha Sankranti|
|15th April||Ram Navami|
|22nd April||Chaitra shukla Purnima|
Last Updated On: January 5, 2016