26 Nov Celebrating Faith At The Maha Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela 2016
The Maha Kumbh Mela, a month long Hindu religious festival held every 12 years in India is the world’s largest congregation of devoted pilgrims. This periodically celebrated colossal event alternates between Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every four years.The Simhastha Kumbh of Ujjain on the ghats of holy river of Kshipra holds special significance as it is the pious place of divine Mahakal- the lord of all times.
The Maha Kumbh in Ujjain is celebrated astrologically when the Jupiter ascends in the sunsign leo’s quarter or ‘simha’ constellation of zodiac which is why it is called ‘Simhastha’. The esteemed ritual of bathing in the holy waters of Kshipra River marks the high point of this grand celebration which begins on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April) and continues on the subsequent days until the full moon day in the following month of Vaishakha (April-May).
Such is the galactic nature of this religious mega fair that virtually an ephemeral megacity comes to exist on the banks of glorious Kshipra River which is thronged by millions of devotees and sadhus over this period.
It is believed that a dip in the sacred waters of river Kshipra during Simhastha can wash away all your sins and lead you to a path of liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Convergence of people, sadhus, priests and spiritual leaders from different regions of the world to mark the glorious celebration of Indian traditions and beliefs, makes this mega event a golden opportunity for every human being to experience the process of self-purification and welfare.
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