About kumbh Kumbh 2019
Seers from all over world arrive here during Simhasth Mahakumbh and pilgrims find solace in their company in order to make their lives better. They look for Moksha (salvation) which means freedom from all kinds of bonds and attachment. In Indian culture, Moksha is the ultimate goal of life when a person gets rid of the cycle of life and death.
The Indian culture not only emphasises on refining the lifestyle of a man, but also gives equal stress on respect towards festivals and pilgrimage centres. Simhasth kumbh Maha kumbh is a religious, spiritual and cultural mega festival where a person feels self-purification and welfare. Millions of devotees follow the tradition by attending kumbh Simhasth Maha kumbh and also perform the rituals recommended by Vedas.
During the rare celestial time of the Simhastha, millions of pilgrims arrive at the banks of Kshipra to take the holy dip, unifed by the traditions and beliefs of the Indian culture. These ghats of Kshipra are the constant centres of bathing, giving alms and libations. The many ghats of Kshipra attract pilgrims, photographers, poets and uncountable locals. During Simhastha, these people become witness to one of the biggest festivals of faith, when millions of people converge to take a dip in the holy waters of Kshipra.
The Spectacular Celebration Of Faith
'The holy bath of the Kumbh is equal in piety to thousands of Kartik snans (baths), a hundred Magh snans and crores of Narmada snans. The fruits of a Kumbh snan are equal to the fruits of thousands of Ashvamedh Yajnas and lakhs of journeys around the earth'.
- Skanda Purana
kumbh Kumbh is celebrated when Jupiter ascends into sun sign Leo's quarter or the Simha constellation of zodiac, which is why it is called 'Simhastha'. The Simhastha is special in kumbh as it is the seat of divine Mahakal - the Lord of all times. The ritual of bathing in the holy waters of Kshipra begins on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April) and continues on various dates until the full moon shows up in the following month of Vaishakha.