NASHIK KUMBHA 2015-DISTRICT DISASTER MANAGEMENT PLAN .pdf

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    The Kumbh Mela is held once in every 12 years in Nashik & Trimbakeshwar. In 2015 it will be held from 14thJuly 2015 to 25thSeptember 2015. It draws millions of devotees and tourists from all over the country and the world. Current population of Nashik City , situated about 100 miles from Mumbai is around 1.6 million. No of pilgrims expected during the Mela is 10 million +. Since the event takes place right in the the old and central part of the city , It becomes a major challenge for the authorities to conduct the event safely. The other challenge is that the authorities have the additional task of preparing for the event ,besides their regular responsibilities.The unfortunate stampedes during the last Kumbh Mela in Nashik in 2003 and the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in 2013 happened despite the best intentions and planning. They are pointers to the fact that the sheer scale of the Kumbh, and indeed any such mega event in India is such that it is very difficult to predict the size, behaviour and reactions of the crowd.It also is the origin of the river Godavari and is situated 38 kms away from Nasik. The Sinhasta Kumbh Mela is held once in 12 years in Nashik and Trimbakeshwar. According to historical records, Nasik is one of four places where the elixir of immortality, the 'amrit', fell to earth from a pitcher as gods and demons were engaged in the tussle to gain the ownership of the jar full of 'amrit'. The Kumbh Mela rotates among the four holy sites every three years. The Kumbh Mela is marked by millions of devotees' plunge into the river Godavari that is believed would cleanse their souls leading to salvation. A ritual bath at a predetermined time and place is the major event of the festival. It also is the origin of the river Godavari and is situated 38 kms away from Nasik. The Sinhasta Kumbh Mela is held once in 12 years in Nashik and Trimbakeshwar. According to historical records, Nasik is one of four places where the elixir of immortality, the 'amrit', fell to earth from a pitcher as gods and demons were engaged in the tussle to gain the ownership of the jar full of 'amrit'. The Kumbh Mela rotates among the four holy sites every three years. The Kumbh Mela is marked by millions of devotees' plunge into the river Godavari that is believed would cleanse their souls leading to salvation. A ritual bath at a predetermined time and place is the major event of the festival.