The Simhastha Kumbh is an peerless celebration in India. It is held once every twelve years at these four places and attracts millions of devotees.
The popular legend regarding the origin of Kumbh Melas is the Samudra Manthan(churning of the ocean). Gods and demons competed ercely in the churning in search of the divine nectar of immortality. During this epic battle to capture the Urn containing the nectar, drops of the precious liquid fell on four places – Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik and Ujjain.
River Kshipra became the enhancer of life in ujjain and to celebrate this event since then the grand festival came in vogue.
The Simhastha is special in Ujjain as it is the seat of divine Mahakal – the Lord of all times. The ritual of bathing in the holy waters of Kshipra begins on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April).
Simhastha 2016 will begin on 22nd of April and will continue till 21st of May
Main Events Date –
Shahi Snaam 22 April 2016 Friday
Vratparv Varuthini Ekadashi 3 May 2016 Tuseday
Vaishakha Krishna Amavasya 6 May 2016 Friday
Akshaya Tritiya 9 May 2016 Monday
Shankaracharya Jayanti 11 May 2016 Wednesday
Vrishabh Sankranti 15 May 2016 Sunday
Mohini Ekadashi 17 May 2016 Tuesday
Pradosh 19 May 2016 Thursday
Nursingh Jayanti 20 MAy 2016 Friday
Pramukh Shahi Snaan 21 May 2016 Saturday