India, the land of unity in diversity, has a rich significance in the religion tourism where thousands of pilgrimage destinations attract millions of devotees every year and persuade them to spend more time here. Both those who have already visited a place and going their again and those who are new for any place, it is common to arrange for the right tour package.
There are different temples and shrines, where people reach. Out of them there is something different that always attract tourists and devotees altogether for massive chaos and divinity all around. Kumbh Mela is something different in India organized after 12 years at different places in India. These places include Allahabad (Prayag), Hardwar, Nasik and Ujjain. Not to mention Ardha Kumbh those are organized after every six years.
The wonderful year of 2016 is dedicated for Kumbh Mela held in Ujjain – the city of Mahakaleshwar. Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain is a holy city famous for Shipra River and temple of Maha Kaleshwar – a form of Lord Shiva. The grand fair full of religious significance and sacredness is called as Ujjain Simhasta Kumbh Mela Starting on 22nd April on Purnimasi of Chaitra Month.
Important Dates of Kumbh Mela – Everyone Should Know about Them
The grand Kumbh Mela is going to start on 22nd April and will continue for 21st May. The important dates are given below:
- 22 April 2016 – Mahakumbh Starts
- 1st May 2016 – Pancheshani Yatra Start
- 3rd May 2016 – Yatra Ka Samapan or end date of holy Yatra
- 6th May 2016 – Mesh Ka Surya + Chandra Ke Sath Simha ke Yog – A combination of Stars according to Hindu Mythology
- 9th May 2016 – Akshaya Tritiya
- 11th May 2016 – Sankaracharya Jayanti
- 17th May 2016 – Mohini Ekadashi
- 19th May 2016 – Pradosh
- 21st May – Pramukh Shahi Snan or the main bathing date
These dates are special where the Kumbh fair will witness a heavy influx of tourists from across the country and worldwide. It is said that taking bath in Shipra River during Kumbh Festival is the way of getting rid of all your sins.
You can enjoy this grand fair by making an advance book of attractive tour packages that are offered according to these given dates and for the entire month or you can plan an itinerary for one week or few days.
During your Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, you will also explore some of the fascinated destinations that are known for their religious significance and rich history. Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain is one of the prime destinations where devotees from across the world come to pay homage to Lord Shiva. Bhasma Aarti that is done by using the hot ash of dead people from nearby crematory is used here over Lord Shiva.
There are different other destinations that you will explore during this grand hair here.