The largest peaceful gathering on earth, Kumbh Mela is attended by about a 100 million people following Hinduism, or even other religious practices. Its intensity itself is a testimony of its rich significance for Hindus. The festival is held at one of the four venues (Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar), every third year. Thus every venue gets to host the festival in a gap of twelve years.
Ardh Kumbh takes place in the sixth year and only at two places (Haridwar and Allahabad). A popular author, Mark Twai once wrote these few lines about Kumbha Mela after his visit to the fair “It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining…”