Kumbh Mela, a famous Hindu festival, has been added to UNESCO's list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Given the math, Kumbh Mela returns to each location after a span of 12 years. It is also said that the water in the four sacred rivers turn into nectar during the Kumbh Mela. Photo: ReutersAn expert body, which recommended the nomination of Kumbh Mela, said that Kumbh will always maintain its continuity as it is an event where Guru-Shishya parampara is given preference. Why Kumbh Mela is celebratedDevotees believe that the holy water which turns into nectar during the mela has the power to wash away their sins.