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The Simhastha Kumbh is an unrivalled celebration in India. The most popular legend regarding the origin of Kumbh Melas is the Samudra Manthan or ‘churning of the ocean’. Gods and demons competed ­ercely in the churning in search of the divine nectar of immortality. During this epic battle to capture the Urn (Kumbh) containing the nectar, drops of the precious liquid fell on four places – Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik and Ujjain. Hence, river Kshipra became the enhancer of life and to celebrate this event since then the grand festival came in vogue. Kumbh Mela, is held once every twelve years at these four places and attracts millions of devotees.

Grand Simhastha, on the Ghats of the glorious Kshipra

The Ujjain Kumbh is celebrated when Jupiter ascends into sun sign Leo’s quarter or the Simha constellation of zodiac, which is why it is called ‘Simhastha’. The Simhastha is special in Ujjain as it is the seat of divine Mahakal – the Lord of all times. The ritual of bathing in the holy waters of Kshipra begins on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April) and continues on various dates until the full moon shows up in the following month of Vaishakha.

Simhastha 2016 will begin on 22nd of April and will continue till 21st of May.

Sadhus of various sects from across the country assemble in Ujjain and mingle with ordinary people as they take their ritual dip in the holy waters of the Kshipra.

The Simhastha Kumbh is an unrivalled celebration in India. The most popular legend regarding the origin of Kumbh Melas is the SBabas-marching-for-shahi-bath-in-Ujjain-Kumbh-Melaamudra Manthan or ‘churning of the ocean’. Gods and demons competed ­ercely in the churning in search of the divine nectar of immortality. During this epic battle to capture the Urn (Kumbh) containing the nectar, drops of the precious liquid fell on four places – Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik and Ujjain. Hence, river Kshipra became the enhancer of life and to celebrate this event since then the grand festival came in vogue. Kumbh Mela, is held once every twelve years at these four places and attracts millions of devotees.The ancient city of Ujjain lies on the banks of river Kshipra.

Ujjain, it is popularly held, is so large that if one comes here with two cartloads of grain and o‑ers only one handful at each temple, one would still run short of o‑erings. Legend has it that Ujjain is one of the saptapuris, or the seven holy cities of India that grant moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Ujjain hosts the Simhastha, as the Kumbh Mela Ujjain is known here, every 12 years, the latest of which was in 2004. For centuries, people have been thronging the ghats on the Kshipra not only for holy baths but also to perform life-cycle rituals. The most important ghat is Ram Ghat where every evening a spectacular ritual, Sandhya Aarti, is held. Priests gather at sundown to worship the sacred river with owers, incense, sandalwood and vermillion.

The unique feature of the Simhastha Kumbha or the Simhastha Parva is the coming together of ten events, which are as follows:

The Purnima (Full moon day)
The month of Baisakha
The bright fortnight
The brihaspati (Jupitor) in Leo
The sun in the arise (Mesha Rasi)
The vyatipata yoga
The moon in the libra (Tula rasi)
The holy Ksetra Avantika and
The pious Monday

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