22 April 2016 Current Affairs: The month-long Simhastha Kumbh Mela, largest congregation of Hindus, begans in Ujjain from 22 april. Large number of people have converged in the holy city for the mela, held after a gap of every 12 years at Ujjain, which is also the abode of Lord Mahakaleshwar, one of the 12 Jyotirlings in the country.
Over 5 crore pilgrims are expected to visit Ujjain and other holy places during the fair, for which huge security and logistical arrangements have been made. At present, 22,000 security personnel, including the State policemen, personnel from central forces and other departments have been deployed.
Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv : Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is one of the four “Kumbh Melas” celebrated as largest spiritual gathering on the planet earth. Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is rejoiced by taking holy dip on the banks of river Kshipra in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh State in India. Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv event is based on the celestial line-up of planets and the signs of the Zodiac which occurs in every 12 years.