Fairs & Festivals Current Affairs - 2019

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Sinhastha Kumbh Mela begins in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik

World’s largest religious congregation Sinhastha Kumbh Mela has begun at Trimbakeshwar, Nashik district of Maharashtra.

The traditional religious ceremony began with flag hoisting ceremony and was followed by holy dip in Godavari River at Trimbakeshwar and Nashik by thousands of people.

The ceremony was presided by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Trimbakeshwar while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presided over the ceremony at Nashik.

Sinhastha Kumbh Mela is once-in-a-12 year event which is marked by participation of ‘sadhus’ from different denominations (known as akhadas) and lakhs of devotees.

The religious congregation will be two months event in which more than 10 crore pilgrims and sadhus across the world are expected to take the holy dip in Godavari River in belief to wash away their sins. The number of pilgrims at the various ghats will see a massive rise during Shahi Snan (royal bath) which will take place on 29th, 13th, 18th August and 25th September.

Maharashtra government has made elaborate for this religious congregation which includes security arrangements with the help of CCTV cameras, community radio services, loudspeakers, and helplines for pilgrims.

Three day Singhey Khababs Sindhu festival kicks off in Ladakh

Three day long tourism promotional Ladakh Singhey Khababs Sindhu (also known as Sindhu Darshan) Festival has begun in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region.

It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to promote the tourism potentials of Ladakh. The inaugural function of the festival was organised this morning on the bank of the Indus River near Shey village in Ladakh.

In this edition of festival, local traditions and cultures like folk’s songs and dances will be presented along with customs, traditional archery and polo games and local handicrafts.

Singhey Khababs Sindhu festival was started in 2001 by Union government to promote Lakakh as tourists’ destination in the country. Since then it is organised annually.

It is celebrated to endorse the Indus River (Sindhu River) as a symbol of the communal harmony and unity of India. It also promotes cultural values and tourism in the region.

The Festival starts with a colourful ceremony on the bank of the Indus River. Since it establishment it has helped Ladakh region to become most preferred tourist’s destination and also as a popular spot for shootings films.