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Holy Dates for Bathing

Few dates are considered most auspicious for bathing where it is believed that due to strong planetary position, the water of the Ganges turns to nectar and had tremendous healing powers . On these special dates, the glorious saints who make rare appearance at this festival proceed for the holy dip in magnificent procession on elephants and chariots imparting blessings to devotees who throng to get their Darshan. 

First bathing day-14 January-2010-Thursday
This day is celebrated as “ Makar Sankranti” all over India and as per Hindu astrology, the planetary position of Sun changes and it enters the Capricorn constellation 

15 January-2010-Friday-
This day is the main bathing day for Holy men and women and is called “ Mauni Amaavasya”or Surya Grahan ( Solar Eclipse) . Many new members receive initiation to their desired monastic orders on this day. Also called New moon of the Saints. 

20 January-2010-Wednesday
This day celebrated as “Basant Panchmi” marks the beginning of spring in North India . Traditionally it is day where farmers pray for a good harvest with lot of  singing and dancing and people prefer to wear yellow colour on this particular day as it is considered auspicious. 

30 January-2010-Saturday
There is full moon and the radiant moon shines over 2 holy rivers. Known as “ Magh Purnima” 

12- 13 February-2010-Friday
The day for First Royal Bath- Celebrated all over India as “Mahashivratri”- the night of great Lord Shiva who married Parvati- daughter of the Himalayas on this day. Ganges is believed to be flowing from the locks of his hair. The Naga Sadhus ( naked with ash rubbed on their bodies ) are staunch followers of Lord Shiva. 

15 March-2010-Monday
There is great significance of this day observed as Somvati Amavasya ( No Moon Day).The six akharas ( orders of Vaishnav and Udasi sects) take holy dip in the river as this is most revered day equivalent to the auspiciousness of Solar Eclipse . The devout believe that on this day the divine cosmos showers exceptional spiritual blessings on the ones who worship or perform Puja and bathe in the sacred river.  

“Ram Navami” – as this day is celebrated for Lord Rama- symbolizing victory of Good over evil.  Belief is that a dip in the holy water on this day bestows on a devotee with spiritual powers and helps seek perfection in the present human state. 

Hanuman- known as the monkey God, is worshipped on this day celebrated as “Chaitra Purnima”. Devotees keep fast and offer prayers to this God who symbolizes unparalleled devotion, Selfless service and amazing strength. There is full moon on this day. 

14- April-2010-Wednesday
On this day, all married Hindu women keep fast to pray for their husband’s longevity of life and good health. This is no moon day and known as “ Amavasya of Krishna Paksh of the month of Vaisakh). This is the main bathing day for six orders of Vaishnav and Udasi sect of Sadhus. 

28- April-2010-Wednesday
The last auspicious bathing date, a full moon day of the Kumbh festival is significant as this marks three major events in Lord Buddha’s life- His birth, Enlightenment and his Death. Observed as Vaishakha Purnima, Lord Vishnu is worshipped and people keep fast. 

To conclude, Kumbh Mela is truly a once –in –a lifetime experience which is unique, intense, magnificent and overwhelming. One has to experience it to believe it.