Kumbh Mela is a unique festival that is held in the holy town of Haridwar in Uttaranchal. It is the largest concentration of religious gathering in the world. Held once in 12 years this festival is a must visit during a trip to India. The history and legend claims Kumbh Mela to be associated with Lord Indra. It is said that while serving his penance, Lord Indra dropped a few drops of the holy nectar to the four holy hosts of Kumbh Mela and hence these places gained reverence and this festival began to be held every 12 years. Astrologically, the Kumbh Mela takes place when planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters AriesThe festival is religiously most important for the Hindus. At every Kumbh occassion, millions of Hindus take part in the celebrations. This footage is part of the professionally-shot stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of imagery from South Asia. The Wilderness Films India collection comprises of thousands of hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM 1080i High Definition, HDV and Digital Betacam. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world... wfi @ vsnl.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.