The Simhastha Kumbh is an unrivalled celebration in India. The most popular legend regarding the origin of Kumbh Melas is the Samudra Manthan or 'churning of the ocean'. Gods and demons competed ercely in the churning in search of the divine nectar of immortality. During this epic battle to capture the Urn (Kumbh) containing the nectar, drops of the precious liquid fell on four places – Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik and Ujjain. Hence, river Kshipra became the enhancer of life and to celebrate this event since then the grand festival came in vogue. Kumbh Mela, is held once every twelve years at these four places and attracts millions of devotees.
Grand Simhastha, on the Ghats of the glorious Kshipra
Ujjain has been a source of inspiration to ancient Indian sages, poets, dramatists, social commentators and scholars since times immemorial. The city has also nurtured cultural, literary, Vedic and educational institutions. . It is also the place where Lord Krishna, along with Balarama and Sudama, received his education from Maharshi Sandipani
The Ujjain Kumbh is celebrated when Jupiter ascends into sun sign Leo's quarter or the Simha constellation of zodiac, which is why it is called 'Simhastha'. The Simhastha is special in Ujjain as it is the seat of divine MahakalPlaces to See in Ujjain Places to see in Ujjain - the Lord of all times. The ritual of bathing in the holy waters of Kshipra begins on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April) and continues on various dates until the full moon shows up in the following month of Vaishakha.
Sages and devotees from every nook and corner attend the religious ceremony of Kumbh Mela to attain salvation and libration from the vicious cycle of birth-death-rebirth by taking their ritual dip in the holy waters of the Kshipra.
'Simhastha Kumbh Mela' in which the unique combination of divinity and purity is experienced when the crowd of ash-dubbed sages, priests, devotees gets fused together with the roaring of elephants and camels. People who witness the spiritual fest feel good fortune by their side and sense positive aroma purifying their souls and thoughts. Major attraction of this festival is 'Shahi Snan' (royal bath) which takes place on predetermined dates varying every year.
Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016 detail dates are given below.
The Kumbh Mela will begin on April 22, 2016
Shahi Snaan (Royal Holy Dip) – April 22, 2016
Pancheshani Yatra Start – May 1, 2016
Vratparv Varuthini Ekadashi – May 3, 2016
Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya – May 6, 2016
Akshaya Tritiya – May 9, 2016
Shankracharya Jayanti – May 11, 2016
Vrishabh Sankranti – May 15, 2016
Mohini Ekadashi – May 17, 2016
Pradosh – May 19, 2016
Narasimha Jayanti – May 20, 2016
Pramukh Shahi Snaan – May 21
The four Mondays during the period are also considered highly auspicious to take holy dip.
April 25, 2016
May 2, 2016
May 9, 2016
May 16, 2016
Do not miss the opportunity and embrace your soul and material body with the sacred nectar bestowed by God.