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Ujjain Kumbh Mela is known to be the largest human gathering on Earth. It is one of the most sacred festivals which is celebrated by people from all religions, castes and creeds. No matter where the person is from, Kumbh Mela is attended by everyone.

It demolishes all cultural differences and helps people seek blessings from the holy river. It is believed that taking a dip in the sacred waters of Ujjain, Haridwar, Allahabad and Nashik relieve a person from all his/her sins.

The Mela is organized in these four places rotationally, after every 12 years. Hence, it has immense power and following. It is an ancient Indian event which is being held since forever now and is growing only, with each passing year. One should definitely be a part of such a larger-than-life festival at least once in one’s lifetime for sure.

As per Hindu Mythology, Ujjain is considered to be one of the holiest cities. It is also known as the city of Mahakal which translates to the lord of all times. It is the city of holy pilgrimage. About as many as 84 forms of Lord Shiva are worshipped here.

The city is also praised and named in various other labels in Sacred Hindu scriptures and texts. There exist some of the most revered temples of all times, such as Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple, Shri Chintaman Ganesh Temple, Shri Kaal Bhairav Temple, Shri Siddhwat Temple, Harsiddhi Temple, and so on.

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Ujjain is also considered the home to Mahakal himself. He was the one who made the Manthan possible after consuming Halahal (poison) that came out during the churning process. 

History of Ujjain Kumbh Mela

There is a huge mythological significance associated with Kumbh Mela. And the story revolves around ocean churning, also known as, Samudra Manthan. Both gods and demons were involved in this grand activity.

Their quest was to find the precious amrita and ratnas from inside the ocean. After churning for a while, Lord Indra’s son, Jayant emerged holding the Amrit Kalasha. Catching its sight, demons ran after him. Fearing the kalasha would get in the wrong hands, Jayant kept running for 12 years.

There are only 4 places in the world where he put down the Kalasha. One is Ujjain, others are Haridwar, Prayag, and Nashik-Trimbakeshwar. The dates of the Kumbh Mela, that are organised in these places, are decided based on the unique astrological combination formed by the position of sun, moon and planets.

The Kumbh is held at Ujjain if the Sun and Moon in Aries and Jupiter are in Leo

Major Attractions of Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2028

1. Grand Affair. The event of Ujjain Kumbh Mela is known to be the largest and most auspicious. As mentioned in Hindu mythology, it marks the Samudra Manthan which was legendary. 

2. The Holy Dip. The Shipra River in Ujjain is very significant and thousands of people gather here to take a dip in the holy waters on auspicious occasions of Ujjain Kumbh Mela. It is believed that taking the dip liberates a person from all their sins.

3. Once Every 12 Years. You will see people all around you, filled with a lot of zeal, tranquillity and devotion to get a chance to take bath once, in the event of 12 years.

How to Reach 

To travel to Ujjain, you will need to cover an approximate distance of 782, 642, 1,636, 1,392 km from some of the most prominent Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the following details on how you can reach here by the following means of public transport. 

By Air. Deboard at the Indore Airport (IDR) situated about 50-70 km away. The airport is well connected with other Indian cities via regular and connecting flights. From the airport, you can easily book a taxi or avail some other means of public transport. 

  • From Chandigarh - Board IndiGo, Vistara flights from Chandigarh Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000-5,000
  • From Pune - Board Air India, IndiGo, Vistara flights from Pune Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-4,000
  • From Jaipur - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Jaipur Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-4,000

By Train. Deboard at the Ujjain Junction (UJN) and from there book a taxi or some other means of public transport to travel further. The Ujjain railhead is well-connected with other Indian cities and towns via regular trains. 

By Road. Depending upon your location, you can also consider travelling to Ujjain by road networks that are quite well-maintained and well-routed with other places. For travelling to Ujjain, you can consider booking interstate/private buses or take a cab to reach here. If you don’t want to travel via cab or a bus then, consider travelling via your own vehicle. 

  • From Bhopal - 188 km via Indore-Bhopal Road
  • From Nagpur - 505 km via NH47
  • From Jabalpur - 513 km via Indore-Bhopal Road

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  • 15 Days

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  • Madhya Pradesh
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    09 April 2028 - 08 May 2028

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