Nasik Kumbh Mela 2015 : Witness Devotion
The largest gathering of people for a religious purpose, the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years moving from Haridwar on the river Ganges, Ujjain on the Shipra, Nashik on the Godavari, and at Allahabad on the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the ethereal river Sarasvati.
This year it is Nashik’s turn. Since Jul 14th, scores of people have visited Nashik and even more are expected as the Mela or ‘fair’ continues till September 25.
But why every 12 years and why in these four locations?
The story goes that the Demi-Gods made a mutual agreement with the demons to create the nectar of immortality since they were unable to create it themselves. However, after it was created, the Demi-Gods made off with the pitcher, or ‘Kumbh’, of nectar since they did not trust the demons and their evil ways!
This resulted in a chase which was spread over 12 days, where the demons fought tooth and nail to get access to the nectar. During this scuffle, drops of nectar fell in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik.
These four places are since believed to have acquired magical powers. Also, because 12-days in a God’s life are equivalent to 12 years for humans; the Kumbh Mela is celebrated once every 12 years in each of these four places.
Pilgrims from all over India and tourists from all around the world flock to Nashik to bathe in the banks of the river Godavari. Sadhus or religious men will be seen clad in saffron sheets with ashes dabbed on their skin as per the requirements of ancient traditions, making for an interesting aspect of Indian culture.
The Indian government has even decided to run 128 special trains between Nashik and various other localities to ensure that reaching the venue is lesser of a hassle.
But with such a large number of people in one place, the biggest concern of safety arises. To tackle this, the police in Nashik have set up aerial and on-ground surveillances to ensure that everyone has a safe, good visit. To maintain hygiene, over 8,000 people have been deployed by the district to clean the city, toilets and the Godavari during the Kumbh.
To ensure safety for women, policewomen have been deployed round the clock to assist women pilgrims. What is more, special arrangements like temporary shades and enclosures for women have been setup which the police have stated will be properly guarded.
The Mela is a sight to behold, and an experience you will treasure for the rest of your life. If you missed the beginning, ensure that you don’t miss the end! Take our Pilgrimage tour to experience it all.
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015.
26th August 2015 (Wednesday): Shravan Shudha- First Snan
29th August 2015 (Saturday): Shravan Purnima – First Shahi Snan at Ram Kunda
13th September 2015 (Sunday): Bhadrapad Amavasya – Second Shahi Snan/ Main bathing day
18th September 2015 (Friday): Bhadrapad Shukla Panchmi (Rushipanchami) – Third Shahi Snan
25th September 2015 (Friday): Bhadrapad Shukla Dwadashi – Vaman Dwadashi Snan
We hope you have a memorable time here!