Nashik/Trimbakeshwar/Nagpur: With a prayer on their lips and a desire to attain freedom from the cycle of life, a sea of humanity has congregated at Nashik and Trimbakeshwar for the Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015, dubbed as one of the largest religious event on the Earth.
The mega event, held once every 12 years when the Sun and Jupiter come together in Leo zodiac sign in the month of Magha as per the Hindu calendar, began on Tuesday morning with raising of flag at Ramkund in Nashik in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
A similar event was held at Kushvarta Teerth in Trimbakeshwar where Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh did the honours.
Nashik is around 45 kilometres downstream from Trimbakeshwar. The inauguration saw thousands taking the first holy bath of the Kumbh in the holy Godavari.
Of the close to 1 crore people expected to take a holy bath during the Kumbh, most would do so on important bathing dates.