Holy Dip dates
Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth is held every 12 years alternating between Nasik (Maharashtra), Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) and Haridwar (Uttarakhand) every three years. In 2016, it is being held in Ujjain from 22nd April to 21st May.
Ujjain is located on the banks of the Shipra River in western region of Madhya Pradesh. A city of ancient Malwa region of central India, Ujjain is regarded as one of the seven sacred cities or 'Sapta Puri' of the Hindus, holding one of the 12 Jyothir Lingas in the Mahakaleshwara temple here. Major attraction of this festival is 'Shahi Snan' or royal bath which takes place on predetermined dates varying every year. A number of ghats have been made over 10 km along the Kshipra River for the fair, starting from Triveni to Gaughat. Ramghat is considered the most sacred bank of the river Kshipra in Ujjain as Hindu holy- men and seers prefer to take their holy dip or shahi snan at the ghat.
Millions including Sages and devotees from all over India attend the religious ceremony of Kumbh Mela and take bath in the holy Shipra river to wash off their sins of all previous births and attain salvation and liberation from the vicious cycle of birth-death-rebirth.
|22 April 2016 Friday (Purnima full mooon)||First Shahi Snaan (First Holy Dip)|
|03 May 2016 Tuesday||Vratparv Vauthini Ekadashi (Kumbh Snan)
|06 May 2016 Friday
||Vaisakh Krishna Amavasya (First Pramukh Snan)
|09 May 2016 Monday
||Shukla Akshaya Tritiya (Second Pramukh Snan)
|11 May 2016 Wednesday||Shukla Panchami (Kumbh Snan)
|15 May 2016 Sunday||Vrishabh Sankranti (Kumbh Snan)
|17 May 2016 Tuesday
||Mohini Ekadashi (Kumbh Snan)
|19 May 2016 Thursday
||Pradosh (Kumbh Snan)
|20 May 2016 Friday
||Nursingh Jayanthi (Kumbh Snan)
|21 May 2016 Saturday (Purnima)
||Mukhya Shahi Snan (Main Royal Dip)|
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