Kumbh Mela 2015 is being celebrated in Nashik after 12 years. With over a crore people coming together for this festival, it is considered as the world’s largest congregation. The festival itself is observed only once in every three years. Coincidentally Next Kumbh mela falls in February 2016 @ Ujjain.
Celebration of Kumbh Mela depends on the position of Jupiter (Brhaspati) and the sun. When the Jupiter and the sun falls on the zodiac sign Leo or ‘Sinhastha’ (as referred to in Sanskrit), it is observed in Nashik.
Once in every 12 years Kumbh Mela is celebrated in Triyambakeshwar Jyotirlinga temple situated in holy town of Trimbakeshwar in Nashik . According to mythological stories and verses of epics the drops of Amrita or nectar fell at the Godavari River in Nasik when Lord Vishnu flew from earth to heaven after Samudra Manthan. That is the reason why the place is considered sacred and is of great importance amongst Hindus. In the lunar month of Magh when Sun and Jupiter are in Leo (Sinh Rashi) zodiac sign Kumbh Mela is held at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik. The fair is celebrated with full passion in Nasik as one can evidence and about millions of pilgrims come here to wash away their sins in the holy river, Godavari.
One more interesting information , Godavari is more ancient than Ganga river.
Kumbh Mela is one of the most sacred and pious festival celebrated at four places in India: Nasik, Ujjain, Haridwar and Allahabad. The legend behind its commemoration quotes the rivalry between demons and demigods at the time of ‘Samudra Manthan’. It states that once upon a time demigods found themselves weak and felt deterioration in their strength. Helplessly they visited Lord Brahma and requested for directions. The lord showed them way to nectar by the process of churning the ‘Kshir Sagar’. Abiding Him, demigods initiated the churning of Kshir Sagar with the help of demons under the agreement that the resultant treasure would be divided among them alternately. It was the turn of demons to receive the treasure when the divine physician ‘Dhanvantari’ appeared holding the pot of nectar. His arrival created turmoil among the demigods and demons as both of them wanted to grab the pot. Irritated by the tussle among them, Dhanvantari escaped to heaven in order to save nectar. It is believed that few drops of nectar fell at four different places on earth. Kumbh Mela is celebrated at Ujjain, Nasik, Haridwar and Allahabad in the remembrance of this incidence.
One another version As per reliable sources is , the idea of Kumbh was originally conceived by Adi Shankaracharya. When Muslim invaders and Christian missionaries started dismantling and converting Hindu culture, customs, traditi
ons and heritage, it was necessary for Hindu Sadhus (holy men) to meet to exchange knowledge, ideas and information and pass the same to their younger generations. Due to lack of electronic communication in those days, a yearly gathering like the Kumbh was as the best way for people of knowledge to meet and have a free flow of knowledge and information. The Sadhus of Akhadas, were the warrior saints of Hinduism, who stood up against the Islamic and Christian onslaught, and so keep weapons as they are actually warriors but saints as well.
As the administration is aware of the dates they start arranging accommodation facilities for the pilgrims who comes from all walks of life. The panorama of this festive season is worth watching.
Nasik Kumbh Mela Schedule of Events
14th July 2015 (Tuesday): Flag hoisting of the main ceremony at Ram Kunda
14th August 2015 (Friday): Flag hoisting of the Akhara at Sadhugram
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 da
- 18th September 2015 (Friday) : Bhadrapada shukla panchmi , Third Shashi snan.
- 25th September 2015 (Friday): Bhadrapad Shukla Dwadashi – Vaman Dwadashi Snan.