New Delhi: The Kumbh Mela in Nashik began on Tuesday morning (July 14) when the Jupiter (Bruhaspati), Sun and Moon entered the Leo constellation (Simha rashi).
Nashik is a place of great importance in the Hindu religion. According to mythology, drops of Amrit fell in the Godavari River in Nashik at the time of Samudra Manthan. It is considered sacred and thousands go to the place to take a holy dip at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik.
The Simhasta Kumbh takes place once in every 12 years and the devotees flock to the city in hopes of attaining salvation from the cycle of life and death.
Where to stay:
Several hotels are there in Nashik to suit all budgetary needs. Also a lot of tents and camps are arranged to accommodate the thousands of devotees coming during the Kumbh. While rates of beds at this time are high, many groups also arrange for low budget stay.
Book in advance to avoid any inconvenience at the time of arrival. Go through a proper travel agent if you want to go through them.
During the time of the Kumbh, Nashik generally enjoys medium rainfall and it is a good time to visit.
- 14th July 2015 Tuesday Flag hoisting of the main ceremony at Ram Kunda
- 14th August 2015 Friday Flag hoisting of the Akhara at Sadhugram
- 29th August 2015 Saturday First Shahi Snan
- 13th September 2015 Sunday Second Shahi Snan
- 18th September 2015 Friday Third Shahi Snan