Khumb Mela in Nashik
Kumbh mela – at a glance
Kumbh Mela is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, where thousands of people gather together to take a bath in the sacred river. It is the biggest peaceful gathering in the entire world. The festival is celebrated every 12th Year in four different regions of the world namely Allahbad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. Kumbh Mela in Nashik is celebrated on the banks of river Godavari.
Kumbh Mela is a Sanskrit word which meant Kumbh = A Pitvher and Mela = Fair. The festival is celebrated depending upon the position of the planet jupiter (B?haspati) and the SUN.
Ardh kumbh mela is a half Kumbh Mela which is celebrated after every 6 years. According to the source of information, more than 80 million people from different places attend this mela.
Legend associated with the festival
Important dates of kumbh mela 2015
- 14th July 2015 – Main Flag Hoisting ceremony at Ramkund
- 19th July 2015 – Flag Hoisting ceremony of Akhara at Sadhugram
- 29th August 2015 - Shravan Shudha Pratham Snan (First Bath)
- 13th September 2015 – Main Bath day: Bhadrapad Krushna Amavasya Dwitiya Shahi Snan
- 18th September 2015 - Bhadrapad Rushipanchami Dwitiya Shahi Snan (Third Bath)
- 25th September 2015 - Bhadrapad Shukla Vaman Dwadashi Tritiya
Activities during the mela are;
- Ritual Bathing in River Godavari
- Religious Discussions
- Devotional singing
- Mass feeding of holy men and women and the poor
- Debates and Lectures by the Religious Gurus
To take part in Kumb Mela 2015, it is always better to book in advance to be free from certain inconvenience.