The largest congregation of faith in the world, the Simhastha Kumbh Mela began today. The event started with the traditional ceremony of hoisting of flags and thousands of people taking holy dip in Kushawart and Ramkund in Godavari river in the two towns.
In Trimbakeshwar, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and state Women and Child Welfare minister Pankaja Munde presided over the ceremony as chief guests while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presided at the Nashik ceremony.
The Kumbh Mela is a peaceful mass gathering of Hindus which occurs once in 12 years as per Hindu calendar and is marked by participation of ‘sadhus’ from different denominations (akhadas), and lakhs of devotees. It is also known for the religious pomp and colorful processions.
The festival will last for 58 days till August 11. Jayant Shikhre, chairman of Trimbakeshwar Purohit Sangh said, “This is not a common dip but the dip of immense faith which washes away all the evils and brings good luck,” said Jayant Shikhre, chairman of Trimbakeshwar Purohit Sangh.”
Around 80 lakh to one crore people are expected to be in Nashik during the three auspicious days of ‘Shahi Snan’ and around 25-30 lakh in Trimbakeshwar. Nashik-Trimbakeshwar host Kumbh Mela when the Sun and Jupiter come together in Leo (‘Simha’) zodiac sign in the month of Magh as per the Hindu calender.
The dates for shahi snan (royal bath) are August 29, September 13 and 25. Nearly three lakh seers are expected to be in Nashik and Trimbakeshwar for the religious jamboree.
Security has been strengthened for the event in both the towns while the district administration has laid new roads for the movement of pilgrims going towards the river and those returning after the holy dip. Additional ‘ghats’ have been built to avoid overcrowding at Ramkund in Nashik.
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Last Updated On: November 12, 2015