The Simhastha Kumbh parva (Kumbha Mela) began in Nashik today, at 6:00 A.M, as the Jupiter (Bruhaspati), Sun and the Moon entered the Leo Constellation (Simha Rashi). The celebration commenced with a flag hoisting ceremony in Ramkund which was attended by Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra chief minister). With the inauguration, thousands of pilgrims took their first holy bath in the River Godavari.
About one crore people are expected to take the holy bath during Kumbh Mela in Nashik, with most of them doing so in the important bath dates, Shahi Snan.
The dates for Shahi Snan in Nashik are scheduled for Parvani days of 29th August, 13th September and 18th September. For Trimbakeshwar, the dates are 29th August, 13th September and 25th September.
The Kumbh Ka Mela is counted as one of the largest peaceful gatherings of the world and is held in four destinations across India- Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nashik and Ujjain. Kumbh Mela is celebrated in every three year, at consecutive destinations. However, the one held in every 12 year carries major significance and is held only at Prayag (Allahabad).
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