Churning the ocean is directly related to the Kumbh Mela festival. Since it took 12 days (12 years of humans) to carry the Amrit to heaven, the Kumbh is held at sacred places in every 12 years. The place of Kumbh festival is calculated by the sequence of planets and stars state at 12th year. As per Vedas, the Sun is admitted as a soul life, the Moon as lord of mind, and Brihaspati (Jupiter) is considered as Guru of Gods. Jupiter takes 12 years to transverse the complete zodiac and 3 years to move from one constellation to other. The Maha Kumbh is celebrated every 12 years when Jupiter enters Aquarius. Aquarius is also symbolized as a pot pouring elixir on earth. When the Jupiter enters other constellations, smaller Kumbh Mela is held at one of these 4 places in accordance where Jupiter is.
Since Jupiter is in zodiac Simha, the Kumbh Mela held at Trimbakeshwar, Nashik and Ujjain is called as Simhastha Kumbh.
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