To day, 14 january is Makar Sankaranti, the sun enters the constellation of Capricorn (makar). That's the day when the maghmela starts in Prayag Allahabad. Pilgrims throngs the banks of Ganga, all along "hawan", or fire sacrifice can be seen while others take their ritual bath, absorb ing the sun energy with their breathing (pranayama). The point is to honor the greatness of the Sun. Many pilgrims will stay for the whole month living in tents, bathing early morning in the cold…
Every twelve years, this mela becomes the greatest spiritual event in
the world : the Kumbh Mela. It always starts 14 january, day of Makar
Sankaranti, the spring solstice. A most auspicious day.
Here is an excellent link given by my friend Nitin Badhwar :
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