Nashik: The Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha Kumbh Mela was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Nashik and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Trimbakeshwar on Tuesday morning.
The inaugural was marked with poojas, hymns and traditional flag hoisting at both venues amidst tight security.
Fadnavis hoisted the flag in Nashik while Singh did the honours in Trimbakeshwar, both on the banks of the Godavari River, around 45 kms apart.
Several thousands of pilgrims, mendicants and holy men, officials from various departments and tourists will witness the dozenial event, which is held once in 12 years.
The inaugural was followed by thousands marching to the Godavari River for the first holy bath of Kumbh Mela 2015.