What is Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv 2016

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I consider myself truly blessed to be in Ujjain during the Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparv. It is the world’s largest fair, a congregation of supreme faith and devotion. The Madhya Pradesh government has spent more than Rs 3,600 crore on making preparations for this gigantic religious event.

The festival went on for 30 days from 22-April-2016 to 21-May-2016.

The tentative area of the fair was a whopping 3000+ hectares. The entire area was divided into 6 Zones and 22 Sectors. The Zones were named as follows

Mahakaal Zone

Dutta Akhara Zone

Mangalnath Zone

Kal Bhairav Zone

Triveni Zone

Chamunda Mata Zone

Two Flag Railway Stations were specially established at Nai Khedi and Vikram Nagar exclusively for Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv 2016. Trains coming to Ujjain were given a halt at these flag stations for the convenience of the pilgrims. At the same time Six Satellite towns were also created. 51 police chowkies stood guard during the Mahaparv 2016.

Now that was not all. Language experts of 22 local dialects served at the Simhastha call center to address the queries of the visitors. Language experts of Russian, French, German and English also provided their services at the centre. 10,000 foreigners visited Ujjain while a total of 7.5 crore people had taken part in the mela uptil the last day.

There were many cultural, religious and spiritual events on the sidelines of the event. There was a multi-religious meet where a Catholic bishop in Madhya Pradesh teamed up with leaders of other religions on May 3 to promote environmental awareness and better hygiene at the month-long festival. All the religious leaders stressed the need to conserve water.

It was truly an amazing gathering of people and the fact that it went off without any disturbance  speaks of the wonderful arrangements provided by the government and various organizations.

Published by Vaishali Shah

Vaishali Shah is the founder owner of Shrivedant Foundation in Kenya. She is an entrepreneur, writer, thinker, an avid reader, an activist, a social bug and a devotee who wants to do different things and do things differently. She has got few degrees like Masters in Commerce, Masters in International Business and Diploma in Web Technologies and many other certificate courses. She thinks that true knowledge and experience is gained from the real life, from our ancient scriptures, our elders and achievers of the society who actually can contribute to our overall growth on a large scale and can uplift our soul to a different level. She is associated with quite a few non-profit organisations in Kenya which are determined to bring awareness of ancient vedic lifestyle and the benefits to implement them into our lives. She also promotes vegetarianism through a club called Kenya Vegetarian Club to help locals to turn and remain vegetarian.

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