The splendour of Nashik tells us about the magnificence of the place. Its fame has augmented by leaps and bounds due to its propinquity to Shirdi, a very famous pilgrimage centre, where thousands cram to acquire darshan of Shri Sai Baba. The city is one of the world s holiest Hindu cities and is also known as the pilgrimage capital of India. Kumbh Mela is held here once in 12 every year along with Ujjain, Allahabad and Haridwar.
Nashik is considered as one of four places where the elixir of immortality, the amrit , fell to earth from a pitcher as gods and demons were engaged in the tussle to gain the ownership of the jar full of amrit . The Kumbh Mela rotates among the four holy sites every three years.
The Kumbh Mela in Nashik is held in a place called Trimbakeshwar,which is a holy town that houses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It also is the origin of the river Godavari and is situated 38 kms away from Nasihk. The festival is generally considered to be the most sacred of all the festivals. Kumbh Mela in Nashik, like other fairs is also a mammoth affair attending by nearly three and a half million pilgrims. Thousands of sadhus and holy men and millions of pilgrims take dip in the holy Ramkund and Kushavarta reservoirs.
The next Maha Kumbh Mela is scheduled to be held in Ujjain in 2016, which will be marked by millions of devotees plunging into the river Ganga that is believed would cleanse their souls leading to salvation. A ritual bath at a predetermined time and place is the major event of the festival.
Important Dates for Nashik Kumbha Mela
How to Reach Nashik
Nearest airport to Nashik is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai at a distance of 175 kilometers. All the major domestic and international flights are available from CSI airport connecting Mumbai to all parts of the world.. Another airport in close vicinity of Nashik is the Pune airport from where domestic flights operate to major cities of India.
Nashik Railway station is counted amongst the major railway stations of Central India many important super fast and express trains connecting it to major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
Nashik is just 180 kms away from Mumbai and 220 kms from Pune. It is well connected to the other cities through road. Both Maharashtra transport and private delux and AC buses are available from Nashik to Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad and Shirdi. Frequent taxis run to and fro from Mumbai to Nashik.
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