Kumbh Mela: Over 2 crore devotees to take part in shahi snan today

Prior to today’s shahi snan on Basant Panchami, shaahi snaans were held on Makar Sankranti on January 15 and Mauni Amawasya on February 4. 
Kumbh Mela: Over 2 crore devotees to take part in shahi snan today

Devotees taking a holy dip at the Sangam on January 14, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHT

  • Extensive security arrangements have been made by the state government at Kumbh Mela
  • Police officers including the Rapid Action Force (RAF), Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) have also been pressed into service
  • The Kumbh Mela commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti, which was the first bathing day

Over two crore people are expected to gather today at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj for the holy dip or the Shahi Snan.

It will take place in Sangam (the confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati) during the third and final shahi snan on Basant Panchami.

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Elaborate arrangements have been made for special trains and buses to bring devotees to the biggest religious congregation.

The Basant Panchami is considered as one of the most auspicious days when Goddess Saraswati is worshipped. It also marks the beginning of the spring season.

The preparations of Holi, the festival of colours, also begins from this day.

All the prominent Akhadas will hold a procession before taking a holy dip in Sangam.

Devotees crossing a pontoon bridge across river Ganga. (Photo: Reuters)

Prior to Basant Panchami, shaahi snaans were held on Makar Sankranti on January 15 and Mauni Amawasya on February 4.

Meanwhile, extensive security arrangements have been made by the state government and the Kumbh Mela administration to avoid any untoward incident.

“The whole region has been demarcated into nine zones and 20 sectors with the deployment of over 20,000 police personnel, 6,000 homeguards, 40 police stations, 58 outposts, 40 fire stations, 80 companies of central force and 20 companies of PAC,” UP’s Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh had said earlier.

Police officers including the Rapid Action Force (RAF), Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) have also been pressed into service for the smooth running of proceedings.

Hundreds of police response vehicles, officials of the Anti-terorism Squad (ATS) and the officers of the intelligence department have also been deployed to enhance the security arrangements.

The Mela commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti, the first bathing day, and the Mahashivratri on March 4 will mark its last bathing day.

Source : https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/kumbh-mela-2-crore-devotees-shahi-snan-today-1452447-2019-02-10

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