Once in 12 years, Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh , India explodes in the colour SAFFRON as it is home to the “SIMHASTHA KUMBH”.

The Gulmohar Trees ( Hindi), Flamboyant ( English) , Delonix regia ( Scientific name) join the celebration of Faith in the Month of May and explode in the colour of the season, Saffron.

The Kshipra River In Ujjain seen through the Flamboyant Saffron flowers of the Gulmohar Tree.


seen through flowers

The Trident or “Trishul” is the Symbol of the Ruling Diety of Ujjain , “Mahakaal” or Lord Shiva .

The Trishul rises over the flamboyantly flowering Gulmohar Trees and the Saffron Bridge across the Kshipra River  during the Mahakumbh Festival.

Saffron bridge

The Ghats of the River Kshipra turn Saffron too as the River is worshiped in celebration of the Life giving Powers of Water.

Millions will bathe in the River during the Month long festival ” Simhastha Mahakumbh” held once in 12 years during a time determined by the Planets and Stars. The Sun enters Aries and Jupiter the constellation of Leo symbolizing the timing of this explosion of Faith and the colour saffron.

ghats in saffron
Saffron along the Ghats

The “Dumroo” or Drum , held by the Saffron Sadhu ,is another symbol of Lord Shiva.

The reverberating and enchanting sound of the “Dumroo” symbolizes the healing Power of Sound.

saffron sadhus
Sadhus in their Own World

Be Enchanted by the saffron colours in Ujjain as I take you through the Heart of India during a Festival of Faith.



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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

50 thoughts on “COLOUR ME “SAFFRON””

  1. What a colourful photographs… I have watched this celebration on television documentary programs… This is amazing. But I learn now details, and symbols. The land of the colours… So beautiful dear Mukul. Thank you, love, nia

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  2. That’s something which is desperately missing from English culture: colour. And personally I seem to be into saffron these days! It’s possible that even our food is a bit colourless! Love these images.

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  3. I think it is marvelous how Indians celebrate everything with an explosion of color, but a love of all hues in the rainbow isn’t limited to festivals. Indians, particularly the women, express their appreciation of nature’s infinite variety in their every day clothes. It is a far cry from the bland neutrality of most Americans’ clothing.

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