Explanation on Festivals

Vat Pournima is observed in Maharashtra.  Pournima means “full moon”. Women pray for the prosperity of their husbands by tying threads around a Banyan Tree.

The marriage of Shiva and Parvathi is celebrated as Sitalsasthi.  It is celebrated as a carnival. 

The Kumbh Mela, one of the India’s largest fairs, takes place ina 12 year cycle at Prayag (Allahabad), Hardwar, Nasik and Ujjain. The holiest of these is the mela at Prayag, at the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.  Millions of pilgrims at Prayag to bathe in the Ganga during the mela. The Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, and is an ordinary large Kumbh Mela.  The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela, a smaller Kumbh Mela, is celebrated every six years.  the normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 4 years.  The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela, a special large Kumbh Mela, occurs every 12 “Purna Kembh Melas” or 144 years.