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Ujjain Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela derives its name from the immortal - Pot of Nectar - described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas. Kumbha in Sanskrit language means 'pot or pitcher’. Mela means 'festival'. Thus Kumbh Mela literally means festival of the pot. Or in this case a festival celebrating the appearance of the pot of nectar.

The ancient origin of

Kumbh Mela

is described in the time-honored Vedic literatures of India as having evolved from the bygone Days of the universe when the demigods and the demons conjointly produced the nectar of immortality. It is said that the demigods and the demons assembled on the shore of the milk ocean that lies in the celestial region of the cosmos. The demigods and the demons made a plan to churn the milk ocean to produce the nectar of immortality. They then agreed to share the nectar equally once it was produced.

For the task of churning the milk ocean, the Mandara Mountain was used as the churning rod, and Vasuki, the king of serpents, became the rope for churning. As the churning began, the Mandara Mountain began to sink deep into the ocean, at which time Vishnu incarnated as a great tortoise and supported the mountain on His back. With the demigods at Vasuki’s tail and the demons at his head, they churned the milk ocean for one thousand years.

The churning of the milk ocean first produced a deadly poison which Shiva drank without being affected. As Shiva drank the poison, a few drops fell from his hands and were licked up by scorpions, snakes, and similar other deadly crea¬tures. After Shiva drank the poison, numerous opulent items were produced. First a surabhi cow appeared, who could yield unlimited quantities of milk. A white horse named Uccaihsrava was then produced, as well as a white elephant named Airavata. Then a valuable gem called the Kaustubha-mani appeared.

Next came the apsaras, beautiful dancing girls, and a host of other wonderful things appeared from the milk ocean. At last a male person named Dhanvantari appeared carrying the pot of immortal nectar in His hands. Seeing Dhanvantari with the pot of nectar, both the demigods and demons became anxious. The demigods, being fearful of what would happen if the demons drank their share of the nectar of immortality, forcibly seized the pot.

Wherever the demigods went with the pot of nectar, fierce fighting ensued. In an endeavor to keep the nectar from falling into the hands of the demons, the demigods hid it in four places on the earth, Prayag (Allahabad), Hardwar, Ujjain, and Nasik. At each of the hiding places, a drop of immortal nectar spilled from the pot and landed on the earth. These four places are since believed to have acquired mystical power.

Eventually, the demons overtiful woman, Mohini-murti, and approached the demons. When the demons saw the charming beauty of Mohini-murti, they lost all composure. Seeing Her slender hips, raised breasts, and pleasing smile, the demons completely forgot about drinking the nectar of immortality. While the demons were thus bewildered by Her beauty, Mohini-murti seized the nectar and returned it to the demigods, who drank it immediately

About Ujjain

An ancient city Ujjain is one of the holiest cities in India, situated in the Ujjain district of the Indian state of Madhay Pradesh. It is located on the eastern bank of Kshipra River. It was the capital of the ancient Avanti Kingdom and flourished as an importance commercial & cultural centre of central India until early 19 century. Ujjain, the city of Mahakal, is the important place of pilgrimage for Hindus. The only south -facing idol of Mahakaleshwar featuring the God of all the deities and demons alike, is situated in Ujjain. Ujjain is also a land of famous King Vikramaditya and the great poet Kalidas. City is well connected by air, rail and road. It is 190 km away from the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. Nearest Airport is Indore. Ujjain is also a host city for its Simhastha Kombi Parva (Kombi Mela) in 2016.

Hotels in Ujjain

56 kms. from Indore Airport; 1.5 km. from Ujjain Railway Station; 1 km. from Dewas Gate Bus Stand

Religious Importance of Kumbh Mela

The festival is religiously most important for the Hindus. At every Kumbh occassion, millions of Hindus take part in the celebrations. During 2003 Kumbh at Haridwar, more than 10 millions devoteed gathered at the site. Saints, priests, and yogis from all corners of India, gathered to participate in Kumbh. Haridwar is considered very holy, due to the fact that Ganga enter plains from mountains here itself.

Kumbh Mela/Fair 2016 Dates

Ujjain Maha Kumbh Mela 2016

Between April 22nd to May 21st The Kumbha Mela in the year 2016 will be held at Ujjain,

Main/Auspicious Bathing Dates in Kumbh Mela

2016 Maha Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

21st May is the main bathing date
Other bathing dates 22 April, May 1,3,6,9,11,15,17,19,20
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