Astrological and Scientific Background
In order to understand and celebrate any event, it is important to understand the astrological and scientific reasons that form the base of belief of so many devotees all across the world. As already explained in the mythological section of this portal, the places where the Kumbh Mela is celebrated are those where the presumed drops of divine nectar dropped from Lord Vishnu’s pot.
This event has been celebrated for centuries with great pomp and show and it is during this event that the planets attain their maximum alignment when the congregation begins at the banks of the Holy Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati Rivers.
Planet Jupiter is said to enter the Aries Constellation at this special time when the fizzy waters of the underground Saraswati River are seen merging with the water of the Ganges and Yamuna. This period is considered an auspicious time in the astrological lunar calendar followed by Hindus as the Sun, Moon, Jupiter and earth are in an unparalleled alignment that was similar to the same ocean –churning period in the ancient era which was known as ‘Samudra Manthan” that was carried out to extract the nectar of immorality. And the astrological configuration that existed during such a cosmic event repeats after every twelve years and such a unique astrological combination triggers the release of cosmic energy that is beneficial for mankind.
This Cosmic energy released due to planetary alignment keeps on spurting for 45 days in the river waters till the duration of the event and is said to offer healing both physical and spiritual to the devotees.