Kumbh 2016 (Ujjain)
Kumbh 2016 is what all are talking about this year. Newspaper, news channels and every social media is having Kumbh 2016 on the hit list. Though it is crowded but Kumbh is all together a unique experience for the curious travellers. The divine aura, spiritual atmosphere, uniquely dressed sages and lakhs of devotees is what makes Kumbh special. To avoid getting stuck up in heavy rush and save your time, here is an exclusive list of special days at Kumbh 2016 at Ujjain. Also do read some interesting facts about Kumbh and Ujjain that will make your trip more exciting.
List of Important dates for Kumbh 2016 (Mukhya Snan):
22 April,2016 Friday – Poornima – Shahi Snan
3 May 2016 Tuesday – Kumbh Snan
6 May 2016 Friday – Kumbh Snan
9 May 2016 Monday – Kumbh Snan
11 May 2016 Wednesday – Kumbh Snan
15 May 2016 Sunday – Kumbh Snan
17 May 2016 Tuesday – Kumbh Snan
19 May 2016 Thursday – Kumbh Snan
20 May 2016 Friday – Kumbh Snan
21 May 2016 Saturday – Poornima – Shahi Snan
Interesting Facts about Kumbh and Ujjain
1. The things that appeared from ocean during the churning of Ocean (Samudra Manthan) by Gods and Demons where divided among Gods and Demons at Ujjain. The place where the division took place is called Ratna Sagar and is a religious place for Hindus.
The following items appeared during Samudra Manthan : 1. Poison (Vish) 2. Loads of treasure (Ratna Moti) 3. Goddess Lakshmi 4. Kamdhenu Cow 5. Bow (Dhanush) 6. Precious Stone (Mani) 7. Conch Shell (Shankh) 8. Horse (Ghoda) 9. Elephant (Hathi) 10. Wine (Madira) 11. Wish Tree (Kalp Vruksh) 12. Moon (Bhagwan Chandrama) 13. Nymph (Apsara) 14. God Dhanvantari with Elixir (Amrit) in his hands.
2. Kumbh is celebrated every four years at four different places in India – Ujjain, Nashik, Varanasi and Allahabad. It is believed that during fight for Elixir (Amrit) between Gods and demons, drops of Elixir (Amrit) fell at these four places so Kumbh fest is organised here. Crores of sages and devotees including many foreigners take a dip in holy waters at these places and rejoice the Kumbh fest.
3. Kamdev had interrupted Lord Shiva’s meditation (on request of all Gods). On being disturbed, angry Lord Shiva opened his third eye and burnt Kamdev to ashes. Later, Kamdev’s wife Rati appealed Lord Shiva for her Husband’s life. As it was not possible to revive Kamdev, Lord Shiva suggested Rati to bath in Shipra River (At Ujjain) and worship idol of Lord Shiva to get Kamdev as her husband in future. Rati did as she was told. Today the place where Rati bathed in Shipra River and worshiped idol of Lord Shiva is called Mankamneshwar Temple.
4. There are 7 oceans in the world. However it is not possible for a common man to visit all the 7 oceans in his lifetime. So the sages / saints created 7 oceans in Ujjain namely : 1.Rudra Sagar 2. Vishnu Sagar 3. Sheer Sagar 4. Purshottam Sagar 5. Govardhan Sagar 6. Ratnakar Sagar 7. Pushkar Sagar.
A dip in these 7 oceans at Ujjain is considered equivalent to a dip in the 7 oceans of the World.
5. Lord Shiva (Mahakal) is believed to be the King of Ujjain. As two persons cannot rule at the same time, it is said that if any ruling King (Maharaja) stays overnight at Ujjain, he dies. Due to this superstition since ancient times, whoever has ruled over Ujjain have built their Forts / Palaces outside the boundaries of Ujjain. People of Ujjain also treat Lord Shiva as a King, Goddess Harsiddhi Devi (one of the 52 Shakti Peeth) as his Queen and Kalbhairav as his general.
6. Idols of Goddess Mahasaraswati, Mahalaxmi with Annapurna in the center adore the Temple of Harsiddhi Devi Temple. Counted as one of the 52 Shaktipeeth, this temple is very pious. As per a myth, it is believed that elbow of Sati (1st wife of Lord Shiva) fell here. The temple building was renovated during Maratha reign.
7. Goddess Parvati planted a Banyan tree and meditated severely under it to again Lord Shiva as her husband. Today the auspicious Banyan tree stands in the premises of Siddhvat Temple. It is said that during the reign qq q of Mughals, the Mughal army had cut the tree but to their surprise the tree grew back the next day. So the tree was cut again and iron barriers where installed to prevent the tree from growing. However to every ones astonishment the tree tore the iron barriers and grew back in one night. Due to this incidence the fearful Mughal army ran away.
8. Lord Ram had come to Ujjain with wife Sita and brother Laxman during his exile. Here he had placed an idol of Lord Ganesha and worshiped the idol together with Sita. Today this place is popular as Chintamani Ganesh Temple. The temple premises have a well which is believed to be constructed by Laxman with only 1 arrow to quench the thirst of Sita.