Images of India : Lakhs take holy bath during Kumbh festival in Nashik…

KumbhDevotees take a holy dip at Trimbakeshwar Kushavarta Tirtha temple during the Kumbh Mela (Pitcher festival) in Nashik. The Nashik Kumbh Mela is celebrated when Jupiter and the sun fall on the zodiac sign, Leo. It is one of the hallowed festivals and is organized on a big scale. It is believed that when the gods and demons were having a fight over the nectar, Lord Vishnu flew away with the pot of nectar and spilt a few drops at four different places – Hardwar, Nashik, Ujjain and Prayag, where Hindus traditionally now celebrate Kumbh Melas. When the Sun is in Aries (Mesh Rashi) and Jupiter in Aquarius, it is celebrated in Haridwar. When Jupiter is in Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi) and the Sun is in Capricorn (Makar Rashi), Kumbh is celebrated at Prayag. And in Ujjain when Jupiter and the Sun are in Scorpio.