The origin of Kumbh, which is an ancient and continuing element in the Indian ethos, extends backwards into mythology. The story of the origin of Kumbh is related with some variation to the Ramayan, Mahabharat and the Puranas. 

Legends say that at the beginning of creation of this Universe, all the Gods were cursed by Rishi Durvasa. This made them weak and cowardly. Brahma, the God of creator of the Universe, advised them to retrieve the Kumbh containing the nectar of immortality (amrit). As it was difficult to do it alone, the Gods sought help from the demons, made a temporary agreement to work together in obtaining amrita (the nectar of immortality) from the Milky Ocean, and to share it equally.

Finally, the churning of the ocean began with the Mount Mander being used as the churning stone and the giant serpent to become the coiled rope for turning. There was a dispute as to who would take which side - the head or the tail of the serpent. Finally the churning began with the gods holding serpent's tail and the demons, its head. 

As the churning progressed, the ocean began to yield its treasures. A deadly poison was produced and Lord Shiva came forth to swallow the poison to save the creation. The universe was gifted with a celestial horse, a divine cow, a valuable gem, a magic moon, a musical instrument, beautiful dancing girls, Lakshmi (the goddess of fortune), Vishvakarma (the divine architect and constructor) and finally Dhanvantri, the divine physician emerged holding the kumbh (pitcher) of amrit (the nector of life) that could bestow immortality. 

A great fight ensued between the Gods and demons to wrest the Kumbh. During the fierce battle, which continued for 12 days and 12 nights (equivalent to twelve human years). At last, Lord Vishnu, disguising himself as an enchantress, took the pot of nectar from the demons and passed to Jayant, son of Lord Indra, who assumed the form of a large bird, flew off with the pitcher. Some drops of the nectar fell on his way at four places - Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. Since then, when the planets align in the same position, pilgrims and devotees assemble to commemorate this great divine event ` Kumbh mela'.   
The origin of Kumbh
Important activities at the Kumbh 
Important events during kumbh mela 2010
How to reach Haridwar & suggested tour program