- It is basically a religious congregation which is held once every 12 years (Maha Kumbha) at one of the four holy places (Allahabad, Ujjain, Nasik, Haridwar) in turn.
- Kumbhmela is unique in the respect that it does not exhibit the features associated with a traditional Indian fair.
- An “ardha” or half Kumbha occurs every 6 years. Four of these twelve places, namely Haridwar, Ujjain, Allahabad and Nasik, are in India, and a great fair is held at each of these places in a 12 years cycle.
- Ujjain is also visited by many pilgrims during eclipses when a holi bath is considered meritorious.
2. ERADICATION OF CHILD LABOUR WILL CREATE JOBS FOR YOUTH, SAYS SATYARTHI
Millions of job opportunities could be created for the unemployed if child labour was eradicated across the world, said Nobel laureate and children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.
Emphasising the need for eradicating child labour he told that
- 1) Across the world there are 218 million child labourers including 152 million children who do full-time jobs. At the same time, globally there are 210 million young people who are jobless. If the child labour is eradicated, about 210 million jobs can be created for adults
- 2)Children and women were being treated as cheap commodities in comparison to firearms and drugs and added that trafficking of the three was the most illicit earning machine.
- 3) In India and many countries, sexual abuse had become the biggest threat to children. Youth has the power to fight the evil of child labour and sexual abuses but they are looking for a better platform to eradicate them. Youth are never problems, they are always solutions.