simhastha - an ageless festival
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An Ageless festival, witnessing largest congregation ever while celebrating Multiple Identities of IndiaKumbha Mela is the largest spiritual and religious festival in the world. Pilgrims attend the festival with utmost devotion; tremendous faith and in overwhelming numbers. It is by far the largest gathering for a month long of pilgrims in the world with 100 million people embarking on the once in a lifetime spiritual journey, chanting the gods above, on the magical banks of river Kshipra. This Simhastha Kumbha Mela is held in central India on the holy lands of Ujjain, city of Lord Mahakaleshwar (Lord Shiva), in the midst of mystical Sadhus (Monks), the pilgrims will stream from all over the world to pray and emerge purified and renewed from Kumbha. This pious journey will take them into the hearts of Hinduism, its philosophy, belief and traditions.
The Kumbha Mela is not only a religious gathering but it is an ideal situation of crowd management. The number of attendees has been significantly increasing with every gathering. Pilgrims come in millions; set up an ephemeral town for days. The gathering has attracted and impressed people from all over the world. Not only Hindus but people from all castes, religion, gender, age and countries come to witness this massive fest of faith. It truly is a wonderful spectacle. People arrive like waves in the sea. Many travel long distances to this festival in a hope of washing away their sins and attaining Moksha by dipping themselves in the holy waters. Kumbha is a site full of mystics and magic. The festival provides for once in a lifetime experience to live through the largest congregation of humanity and is a great photogenic spectacle for all its visitors. The positive vibes in the air, the holy water and the soothing environment, have the capability of taking an individual soul to a whole new level of consciousness.
The Legend Of Kumbha MelaThe Simhastha Kumbha is an unrivalled celebration in India. The most popular legend regarding the origin of Kumbha Melas is the Samudra Manthan or churning of the ocean. Gods and demons competed erectly in the churning in search of the divine nectar of immortality. During this epic battle to capture the Urn (Kumbha) containing the nectar, drops of the precious liquid fell on four places Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik and Ujjain. Hence, river Kshipra became the enhancer of life and to celebrate this event since then, the grand festival came in vogue. Simhastha Kumbha Mela is held once every 12 years at Ujjain and attracts millions of devotees.
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