The third and the last ‘shahi snan’ of month-long Simhastha Kumbh Mela began early on Saturday with Naga sadhus of akharas venturing into the holy Shipra river chanting Har Har Mahadev.
A sea of humanity converged from several parts of the country to take the holy dip on the occasion.
All roads in Ujjain are packed with devotees jostling with each other to reach on the banks of Shipra river for the holy dip. Saturday is the last day of the month-long Simhastha mela. People took Darshan of Lord Mahakal, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the country.
The last ‘shahi snan’ falls on the day of Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti. Buddha Purnima is a Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May.
Celebrating Vesākha also means making special efforts to bring happiness to the unfortunate like the aged, the handicapped and the sick. To this day, Buddhists will distribute gifts in cash and kind to various charitable homes throughout the country. Vesākha is also a time for great joy and happiness.