Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016

Ujjain is one of the four places where Kumbh Mela is held after every 12 years at sacred River Shipra, when the Sun is in the zodiac Aries and the Jupiter is in the zodiac Leo. Millions of devotees take dips, worship and attend the religious ceremony of Kumbh Mela to attain libration from the vicious cycle of birth-death-rebirth. It is believed that those who get a royal bath in holy Shipra River on the occasion of Kumbh Mela can wash their sins of all previous births. The devotees consider it as an opportunity to get them revived from the never ending birth cycle.

About Ujjain

Ujjain is an ancient city of central India, in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. The city is located on the eastern bank of the river Shipra. Ujjain has been a prominent centre of religious activities for over 2,000 years as it has many temples including Mahakaleshwar Temple, One of the Twelve Jyotirlingas and is one of the venues of the Kumbh Melas, the greatest fair that takes place in the country. Ujjain was also one of the four global seats of learning existed in ancient India and it is the place where Lord Krishna, along with his brother Balaram and friend Sudama received his education from Maharishi Sandipani.

Auspicious Bathing dates

Main Bathing Dates for Ujjain Kumbh Mela

Major Attractions

Places of Interest near Ujjain


  • • Summer: Max. 40°C & Min. 20°C
  • • Winter: Max. 28°C & Min. 10°C.
  • • Rainfall: 101 cm (July to September)
  • • Best Season: September to March.
  • Haridwar





    Timings: It is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Jupiter, the sun and the moon.

    Place/River Jupiter Sun Moon
    Haridwar/Ganga Aquarius Aries Sagittarius
    Prayag (Allahabad)/Ganga Taurus Capricorn Capricorn
    Nasik/Godavari Leo Cancer Cancer
    Ujjain/Shipra Leo Aries Aries


    Kumbh Mela - The Largest Congregation of Humanity

    Kumbh Mela is the largest concentration of religious gathering in the world. Held once in 12 years this festival is a must visit during a trip to India.

    Take a Dip Make a Wish

    If you go by the Hindu mythologies, then this is the only time and place in the world where you can unburden your sins and achieve 'Nirvana' from the vicious cycle of birth and re birth. Take dips in the holy water of Ganges that is said to wash away all the sins of a person. Light a Diya and make a wish, they do come true!

    Sojourn on the Ashrams on the Banks

    To live among the Sadhus, who have dedicated their entire lives in meditation and fulfilling spiritual deeds is indeed a unique experience of life. In Haridwar there are many such Ashrams where tourists can stay to enjoy the life of a saint besides indulging into various Yoga and Meditation regimes.

    Surrender to Peaceful Activities

    dips three times in a day, attending yoga classes, listening to the divine lectures and participating in the cultural programmes are just a few of the activities that one can enjoy during the famous Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Travel to Haridwar and experience the inexperienced.

    Rituals Performed at the Kumbh Mela

    The main ritual performed at that Kumbh Mela is the ritual bath. Hindus believe that submerging themselves in the sacred waters on the most auspicious day of the new moon will absolve them and their ancestors of sin, thus ending the cycle of rebirth. Pilgrims start lining up to bathe from around 3 a.m. on this day.

    As the sun comes up, the different groups of sadhus move in procession towards the river to bathe. The Nagas usually lead, while each group tries to outdo the others with more grandeur and fanfare. The moment is magical, and everyone is absorbed in it.

    After bathing, the pilgrims wear fresh clothes and proceed to worship by the river bank. They then walk around listening to discourses from the various sadhus.