July 27 to Sept 7, 2003
Kumbha Mela derives its name from the immortal - Pot of Nectar - described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas. Kumbha in Sanskrit language means 'pot or pitcher. Mela means 'festival'. Thus Kumbha Mela literally means festival of the pot. Or in this case a festival celebrating the appearance of the pot of nectar.
The Kumbh Mela 2003-2004 is the most important Hindu spiritual gathering, which takes place once every 12 years. The mela will be the largest single gathering of humanity on the planet. It is visited by a number of foreign visitors as well. The Kumbh Mela is an ancient festival finding mention even in the epic Mahabharat. The fair will start on 27 July 2003 with the first holy bath in the river Godavari (first Snan). Thousands of Sadhus and devotees will gather at Nasik near Trimbakeshwar for the event. The final ritual is on August 27, 2004.
NASHIK - Nashik is one of the important religious centre of Maharashtra, located on the bank of the Godavari river 565m above sea level and about 185-km from Mumbai. It is particularly a city of temples and there are around 2,000 temples, both big and small. As the legendary home of Rama, hero of the Ramayana, Nashik is one of the most sacred places of Hinduism; ancient Buddhist, Jain temples are also here. Traditionally the place attracts tourists, as it is known to be holly place. Hundreds of pilgrims arrive here to take a holly dip at the 'Ramkund' in the river Godavari, which is considered the 'Ganges of the south'. Ramkund is the spot where the river Godavari turns to right at an angle of 90 degrees and gains importance, as Lord Ram is said to have taken his daily bath here, during his stay at Nashik.
TRIMBAKESHWAR - One of the holy places of not only Maharashtra but the whole of India is near Nashik. Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. About 38 kms away from Nashik Road Railway Station, it is connected by bus and taxi service.
The Auspicious Bathing Days At Kumbh, 2003
The main bathing dates are Aug. 12 and Aug. 27.July 27th, 2003 : Kumbh mela Dhwaja Rohan Shravan Shuddha (Start of the Kumbhmela) at Trimbakeshwar & Nashik.
Aug. 08th, 2003 :
Shravan Shuddha Pratham (First) Snan at Nashik.
Aug. 12th, 2003 :
Shravan Shuddha Pornima ( Full Moon ) Pratham (First) Snan at Trimbakeshwar.
Aug. 27th, 2003 : Maha Parva - Bhadrapad Krushna Amavasya Dwitiya (Second) Snan at Nashik.
Aug. 27th, 2003 :
Maha Parva - Bhadrapad Krushna Amavasya Dwitiya (Second) Snan at Trimbakeshwar.
Sept. 01st, 2003 :
Maha Parva - Bhadrapad, Rushipanchami Dwitiya (Second) Snan at Nashik.
Sept. 07th, 2003 :
Bhadrapad Shukla, Vaman Dwadashi Tritiya (Third) Snan at Trimbakeshwar.
Aug. 27th, 2004 :
Kumbh mela Samapti (End of the Kumbhmela) Trimbakeshwar & Nashik.
By Air: Nearest airport from Nashik is at
Mumbai , which is
185-km away from the city.
By Rail: Nashik is 185-kms from Mumbai and is well connected by road. Pune-Nashik highway is 220-kms away from the city. There are also several private and state buses available between Mumbai/Thane and Nashik.
By Road: Nashik is 185-kms from Mumbai and is well connected by road. Pune-Nashik highway is 220-kms away from the city. There are also several private and state buses available between Mumbai/Thane and Nashik.
Local Transport: Visitors can use taxis, tourist cars, auto-rickshaws and vans, which are easily available and ideal for families and groups.