Simhastha festival begins at Ujjain with the first “Shahi Snan”
Today all roads converged at the holy city of Ujjain, called Avanti or Ujjaini in ancient times. The devotees and pilgirms who came here to be part of the auspices occasion from all parts of India and also abroad were enchanted and mesmerised to see the sadhus of different akahadas making a dash for the holy dip in Kshipra River with their hands raised. All were in a trance as they chanted mantras and hailed lord Shiva with the slogan “Jai Mahakal”.
The different akhadas followed predetermined routes to reach the Kshipra. The Juna Akhada started the “Shahi Snan” at 5.11 am at Datta Akhara.