The iconic Kumbh Mela has commenced in Ujjain from 22nd April and will continue till the 21st of May, 2016. The highly-awaited Hindu gathering marks the phenomenal act of a large number of devotees taking a dip in the holy rivers of Ujjain that is said to get them rid of their worldly sins. Ujjain is one of the four blessed venues that hosts the Kumbh Mela along with Prayag, Haridwar and Nasik.
The festival will continue for a month and if you have not yet booked your tickets for it, then here we provide you with the five most interesting facts about the Ujjain Kumbh Mela that will definitely make you want to go and explore.
1. One of the largest spiritual congregation on Earth
Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv, Ujjain is expected to witness a gathering of around 60 million people which is going to be one of the largest in the world. Ujjain is being prepared to manage the huge festival that will not only consist of national visitors but people from all around the world.
2. A dip in the holy river, Kshipra
According to the Hindu mythology, a dip in the holy river situated in one of the four sacred places in India and would rid them from all their sins. The Kshipra river in Ujjain has a remarkable contribution on the rise and fall of many dynasties and has also found a mention in the holy books of Hindu mythology, Mahabharata and other numerous written manuscripts like Bhagwat Puran and Shiv Puran.
3. ‘Panchkroshi Yatra‘ escalates the magnificence of the Kumbh
The Panchkroshi Yatra is a complete trip of all the major temples around Kashi that is supposed to be walked barefoot. It is believed that a complete Panchkroshi trip reaffirms faith in God and spirituality. This highly divine trip is usually conducted in the month of May and June which, interestingly, is coinciding with the Kumbh Mela this year, thereby, making it even more sacred.
4. An assemblage of distinctive sadhus
The Ujjain Kumbh mela will witness a massive accumulation of the rarest of the rare sadhus who would visit the place to cleanse their souls. The most interesting of the lot would be the Naga Sadhus, who do not wear any clothes, the Urdhwavahur Sadhus, who are believed to put their bodies through severe atrocities and the Parivrajaka Sadhus, who believe in the power of silence and do not speak at all.
5. Yoga Kumbha 2016
The Kumbh Mela of Ujjain will also observe the 5th International Convention of Yoga and Spirituality, thereby, making it even more historic. The idea behind this convention would be ‘Yoga for peace and humanity’. According to the Hindu mythology, Kumbh Mela is one of the earliest events that propagated Yoga and the sadhus were its first preachers. This Yoga convention is expected to grace the presence of many renowned spiritual leaders of India like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sadhguru Jaggi Swami, Swami Ramdev and the world famous speaker Deepak Chopra.