The confluence of the 3 rivers Ganga, Jamuna and the sacred and mythological river Saraswati at Sangam is considered to be quite auspicious for the hindus. It is said that when Lord Vishnu carried a pot or Kumbha of Nectar or Amrita, a fight broke out among the gods. In the milieu, four nectar drops fell on the earth at the four place which are known as the Tirthas and include Nasik, Haridwar, Prayad and Ujjain. These places are therefore considered as place where the mortal humans can pass on to a celestial world form the human world. In each of these locations, there is a kumbha mela held but on the 12th year, the mela is organized in Allahabad as it is considered the most sacred of the Tirthas.
The Greatest Kumbha Mela is held in Allahabad which is also known as Maha Kumbha Mela and is the biggest fair related to religious practices. During this mela, millions of devotees from across the country congregate at the plains of the river banks in Allahabad and the area becomes full of pilgrims and their residing tents and almost looks like a military camp which is organized with strictness by the government, local bodies and many organizations. There are plenty of sadhus and Mahants from different religious sects who come here. When the appropriate time of bathing is declared by the astrologers, then the Nag Sadhus charge towards the river to take the holy dip first with their bodies covered in ashes and hair being made into locks. The whole affair is done with the fashion of a charging army. The forthcoming Maha Kumbh Mela is going to be held in 2013.
Apart from the Maha Kumbh and another kumbh mela by the name of Ardh Kumbh, there is the Magh Mela. Maha kumbh is held every 12th year in the city of Allahabad which is a sacred city in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
As because the Magh Mela falls during the period of Magh months of Jan and Feb, so the name has been given. During this period, the devotees take a holy bath at the confluence of the 3 rivers believing that the waters will wash away their sins. The area near the sangam is converted into a small township with accommodations and food for the pilgrims, who arrive in millions.