Festival of largest gathering on planet, Simhasth Kumbh Mela that occurs in every 12 years is going to take place from April 22nd to May 21st 2016 at Ujjain. According to Hindu calendar it is on Chaitra Shukla Purnima- Vaishakha Shukla Purnima, Vikram Samvat 2073. This Mahaparv basically held in 4 devout cities of India - Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik & Ujjain.
Why this time in Ujjain?
Mahaparv specially called as Simhasth because the Sun is in the Zodiac Aries & the Jupiter is in the Zodiac Leo, when it takes place. We all are aware of beginning and the reason of celebrating it. It all started from pot (Kumbh) emerging out from the Samudra Manthan, the famous event of Churning of the ocean from the Hindu mythology. It is believed that in every 12 years, a drop of nectar from kumbh drops in the pious river & taking a dip in the river would purifies the soul & overcomes all the sins.
Heartening to know that along with Sanatan Dharma people from other religions, section & even from other countries are participating with same enthusiasm and harmony. It is to be expected that around 5 Crore i.e. 50 Million pilgrims could join the Mahaparv. Devotees could visit Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga & other ancient temples & would find spiritual solace in Satsang & Sankirtan with Sadhus. Like always the Mela will take traditional start, Akharas head join the procession on silver throne on elephants, armed Sadhus horses & camels followed by Sadhus. Over 97000 quintals of marigold flower will be available during the Mela.
Government, Supervising from the Front
Before, the government’s role was limited to making arrangements, but this year the government itself has become an integral part of the event. The arrangements & facilities of the Mela are massive & marvelous. It is directly monitored by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, whose headquarter has been made at Ujjain. Several cabinet meetings, international seminars are to be held in Ujjain during Mahaparv. Law & order will be deployed by thousands of policemen.