The Maha Kumbh Mela ("great festival of the pot of nectar of immortality") is held every three years in each of four different locations, returning to each of four places every twelve years. An Ardh (half) Mela (festival) takes place six years after the Maha Kumbh in each location.
The next Ardh (half) Mela (festival) will be he
January 2007 at Allahabad. Main bathing date: Jan. 19.
A sadhu and his trishul during the big bath on January 19th. More pictures of my Ardh Khumbh Mela : Click here