Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016, dates of Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016 in Haridwar..
Ardh Kumbh (Half Kumbh) Mela occurs between the two Purna Kumbha Melas at Prayag and Haridwar. This year’s Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela takes place between Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015 and Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016.
Ardh Kumbh Mela begins on 14 January (Makara Sankranti) and ends on 22 April with Chaitra Purnima Shahi Snan.
Kumbh Mela is celebrated at pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers: at Haridwar on the Ganges river, at Ujjain on the Shipra, at Nasik on the Godavari, and at Allahabad on the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the river Sarasvati.
There are more than ten bathing ghats (snan ghats) in Haridwar for Ardh Kumbh Mela such as Har Ki Pauri, Asthi Pravath Ghat, etc,.
The Kumbh Mela occurrences follow the Hindu calendar, as follows :
The Kumbh Mela (sometimes specifically called Purna Kumbh or “full Kumbha”), occurs every 12 years at a given site.
Ardh Kumbh (“Half Kumbh”) Mela occurs between the two Purna Kumbha Melas at Prayag and Haridwar.
The Maha Kumbh occurs after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas i.e. every 144 years.
The Kumbh Mela at Prayag is celebrated after approximately 3 years of Kumbh Mela at Haridwar. There is a difference of around 3 years between the Kumbh Festivals at Prayag and Nashik. Kumbh at Nashik and Ujjain are celebrated in the same year or one year apart.