The Nasik Kumbhmela is a celebration that is held once every 12 years in Nashik – it is scheduled for 2015 (Aug-Sept). Millions of devotees and tourists from all around the world, participate in this holy event in India.
The dates of the next Kumbhmela of 2015 have now been officially announced by the religious sects namely the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad or the ABAP. The flag hoisting of the main ceremony would be held on 14 July 2015 at Ram Kunda and the flag hoisting of the Akhara would be on 19 Aug 2015 at Sadhugram.
First Shahi Snaan will be held on August 29, 2015, at Ram Kunda,
Second Shahi Snaan on September 13, 2015
Third Shahi Snaan of Nashik Kumbh Mela is on September 18, 2015
Bhadrapad Shukla Dwadashi - Vaman Dwadashi Snan will be held on September 25, 2015
Trimbakeshwar is a holy town that houses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It also is the origin of the river Godavari and is situated 38 kms away from Nasik. The Sinhasta Kumbh Mela is held once in 12 years in Nashik and Trimbakeshwar.
According to historical records, Nasik is one of four places where the elixir of immortality, the 'amrit', fell to earth from a pitcher as gods and demons were engaged in the tussle to gain the ownership of the jar full of 'amrit'. The Kumbh Mela rotates among the four holy sites every three years.
The Kumbh Mela is marked by millions of devotees' plunge into the river Godavari that is believed would cleanse their souls leading to salvation. A ritual bath at a predetermined time and place is the major event of the festival. The annual festival of Shivratri is also celebrated with great pomp and show inviting thousands of pilgrims.
Nasik is one the major city in Maharashtra, located 200 kms from Mumbai and Pune. The city has gained immense popularity owing to its pleasant climatic conditions, beautiful architecture, temples and caves.
The famous temples of Nashik are: Sundranarayan temple, Kampaleshwar temple, Balaji temple, Kalaram Mandir, the Goraram Mandir and the Rameshwar or Bell temple. Nasik has thus, rightfully been called the Benares of South India and the Godavari, the Ganges of the South.
The holy dips were scheduled for August 17 and 27 and September 1 in Nashik and August 12 and 27 and September 7 in Trimbakeshwar.
The dates for 'Shahi snan' in 2003 Nashik Kumbh Mela swere:
Pratham (first) Snan : Shravan Pornima (full moon), Aug. 12th, 2003
Dwitiya (second) Snan : Maha Parva - Shravan Amavasya (new moon), Aug. 27th, 2003
Tritiya (third) Snan : Bhadrapad Amavasya (new moon), Sept. 10th, 2003
The city of Nashik enjoys a pleasant climatic condition throughout the year except from March to mid-June when the city goes through temperature fluctuations. The city has tropical climate having dryness.
Summers in Nasik: (March to May) are hot with maximum temperature reaches above 42°C; generally tourists avoid visiting Nasik during the summers, especially April and May.
Monsoons in Nashik: (June to September) offer medium rainfalls giving reprieve of the hot climate; it is good for city visit.
Winters in Nashik: (December to February) are mostly pleasant with a maximum and minimum temperature of 32°C and 8°C, the best period for sight seeing.
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