Mahamaham, also known as Mahamagham, is a Hindu festival which is celebrated once in 12 years in the Mahamaham tank located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. And the holy tank consists of the water from the holy rivers Mata Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra, Kaveri, and Sarayu. Next Mahamaham festival will be celebrated in 2028.
It is believed that, on the day of the Mahamaham festival, the Holy river goddesses and Lord Shiva would present in this holy place, and bless their devotees.
The Hindus used to bath in the sacred Mahamaham tank on the day of Mahamaham festival, and they consider it as very holy. The festival day attracts lot of devotees from all parts of India, and they eagerly participate in the festival day. The Mahamaham festival in Tamil Nadu is similar to the Kumbh Mela Festival in Prayag, Uttar Pradesh.
The last Mahamaham was celebrated in the year 2016 with the participation of lakhs of devotees throughout India. The Mahamaham tank is surrounded by Shiva Lingas. Near by the temple tank, Kashi Vishwanathar temple is situated. The idols of Lord Shiva and the nine River goddesses are found. The festival is celebrated since ancient times, and the great kings who ruled Tamil Nadu used to celebrate the festival with much dedication and interest.
The Masimaham is a festival that is celebrated once in a year in Kumbakonam in the Tamil month of Masi (February–March). Large number of Devotees would visit Kumbakonam to worship the Lord, and to have a dip in the tank. The Tank is located near the Kumbakonam town which is situated near the Cauvery River.
Let us worship the great Lord Shiva and be blessed.
“OM SRI SIVAGAMI SUNDARARE NAMAHA”