Simhasta or kumbh mela is held at each of the four places namely Haridwar, Allahbaad(prayag),Nasik and Ujjain once in every twelve years. It is known to be a time wherein the spiritual energy travels all around the place this holy event is held. It’s a social harmony where you get to see many saints gathering at one place. This event even gives you the chance of seeking the blessings of the pious saints.
The position of sun, moon and Jupiter different zodiac signs determines the location of kumbh in each of these places.
Ujjain, one of the most sacred places in India, is located on the banks of the sacred river kshipra in the western region of Madhya Pradesh. The kumbh in Ujjain is held when a rare configuration of planets takes place, which happens once in twelve years. When the sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo, it is held in Ujjain. Considering its relevance to the zodiac ‘Leo’ meaning ‘simha’ in Sanskrit, the kumbh is also referred to ‘simhastha kumbha’.
It is the great bathing festival which sees thousands of devotees coming together from across the world to celebrate this month long congregation.
The ceremonial bathing takes place in the holy river kshipra on the full moon day of Chaitra month and continues in different intervals during the entire month of vaishakh culminating in the full moon day.