India, the seventh largest country by geographical area, has a diverse cultural history. The predominant religion, Hinduism, has been shaped by various historical schools of thought. This culture draws millions of tourists every year to the country. People from all over the world visit India for various tours like spiritual, regional, outbound and adventurous. For spiritual tours, the most preferred location is Haridwar, a divine place where various shradh rituals are carried out.
The prime attraction of India is the Khumbh Mela 2013, which occurs four times in every 12 years. This mela will be held from Jan 27th, 2013 to February 25th, 2013 at Allahabad. This city is divine and holy as three holy rivers, The Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati flows through it. The major event of Khumbh Mela is the ritual bathing at the banks of the river. The days on which this ritual will take place are on the occasion of Paush Purnima, Amavasya, Basant Panchami, Maghi Purnima and Maha Shivratri. This Mela is known to be the most sacred of all the pilgrimages.
Khumbh Mela 2013 is a very unique event as it is a blend of religious and cultural features. The entire atmosphere is very enchanting with chiming bells, Vedic hymns, incense and flower fragrance and mantras. Furthermore, the festival becomes more enthralling with the processions of naga sadhus in their gold and silver chariots, being pulled by devotees. During the entire procession, there is continuous beating of drums by devotees seated on horses and elephants. All this adds to the purity of the soul of all those attending the mela.
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