One of the much awaited Hindu festivals of India, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015 was inaugurated by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in Nashik and Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Trimbakeshwar on Tuesday morning i.e. 14 th July. At both venues, the inaugural ceremony was marked with poojas, bhajan-kirtans and traditional flag hoisting, followed by thousands of devotees marching to the Godavari River for the first holy bath. Celebrated once in 12 years, Kumbh Mela this year is expected to witness around 80 lakh to one crore people in Nashik during the three auspicious days of ‘Shahi Snan‘ (royal bath) and around 25-30 lakh in Trimbakeshwar.
Here are the important dates for the Kumbh Mela Nashik 2015:
- 14th July: Flag hoisting of ceremony at Ram Kunda
- 14th August: Flag hoisting of the Akhara at Sadhugram
- 26th August: First Snan
- 29th August: First Shahi Snan at Ram Kunda
- 13th September: Second Shahi Snan/ Main bathing day
- 18th September: Third Shahi Snan
- 25th September: Vaman Dwadashi Snan
- 11th August 2016: Flag lowering ceremony, end of the Mela.
The Maharashtra government has spent nearly Rs.2,400 crore for the preparations of the Kumbh Mela, keeping in mind the fact that the festival will continue for one year period till August 2016. In this one year time period, around four crore pilgrims are expected to visit Nashik. Other preparations include tight security, accommodation facilities, additional ghats and traffic diversions.