Simhasth Mahaparv is one of the four “Kumbh Melas” celebrated as world’s largest spiritual gathering on earth. This festival is rejoiced by taking holy dip on the banks of Kshipra river in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Festival is based on signs of Zodiac and the celestial lineup of planets which occurs in every 12 years. The term ‘Mela‘ means ’Fair‘ and ‘Kumbh’ means Pot in literal English translation, which emerged during Churning of Ocean called ‘Samudra Manthan’ between Gods and Devils.
Kumbh Mahaparv is held at four places in India – Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nasik and Haridwar. Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv has been started today and will continue until May 21st, 2016. The holy dip in Kshipra river is taken at a defined time on an auspicious day at which it is believed as per Hindu Mythology that ‘Nectar’ from ‘Kumbh’ was dropped in the river and taking a dip on this occasion in river Kshipra will purify the soul and overcomes all the committed sins.
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It is estimated that 50 Millions pilgrims are expected to join and take a holy dip. They visit “Mahakaleshwar” and other ancient temples in and around Ujjain thereafter finds spiritual solace with great Sadhus in ‘Satsang’.
It is a well-known time when spiritual energy travels during this holy event from all around the place. It’s a religious harmony where you can to see many sadhakas and saints gathering at one place. This event gives you a chance of seeking the blessings of these righteous saints.
Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is traditionally celebrated by various Akharas, where “Peshwai” starts in its full glory. The heads of Akharas join the “Peshwai” on a silver throne on elephants. It gives a stunning and magnificent view with the presence of armed Sadhus seated on horses and camels following Sadhus, devotees, and hermits. Peshwai completes on the banks of river Kshipra at the Ram Ghat area.
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The position in different zodiac signs of The Sun, The Moon, and The Jupiter determines the location of the Kumbh in each of below places.
Kumbh in Prayag: When the Jupiter is in Taurus and Sun is in Capricorn.
Kumbh in Haridwar: When the Jupiter is in Aquarius and Sun is in the zodiac sign, Aries.
Kumbh in Nasik: When Jupiter enters the zodiac sign, Leo. It is also held on Amavasya when Jupiter, Moon, and Sun enter the zodiac sign Cancer.
Kumbh in Ujjain: One of the most sacred places in India, when a rare celestial lineup of planets takes place that happens once in 12 years. When the Jupiter in the zodiac sign Leo and the Sun is in the zodiac sign, Aries. The Kumbh Mahaparv is also referred to as ‘Simhasth Kumbh’ considering its relevance to the zodiac sign ‘Leo’ meaning ‘Simha’ in Sanskrit.