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Around two crore devotees take holy dip in the waters of Prayagraj

At around 5 a.m. devotees from around the globe became a part of the 'Shahi Snan' by plunging themselves in the Triveni sangam, on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 16 Jan 2019 11:50 AM GMT

Around two crore devotees take holy dip in the waters of Prayagraj
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Prayagraj: The pious festival of Kumbh, witnessed a massive crowd of devotees from all over the world as around two crore pilgrims immersed themselves in the holy confluence of Prayagraj during the first 'Shahi Snan'.

Despite the spine chilling cold, saints and priests of 13 akhadas, took bath in the holy waters of sangam after smearing ash on their bodies.

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At around 5 a.m. devotees from around the globe became a part of the 'Shahi Snan' by plunging themselves in the Triveni sangam, on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti.

For the very first time in the history of Kumbh, the 'Kinnar Akhada' made its debut and took part in the 'Shahi Snan' marking the revival of transgenders and the LGBTQ community.

Mahamandaleshwar of Kinnar Akhada, Lakshmi Tripathi said that this is a historical moment for them as the Juna Akhada gave its consent to the transgender community.

Prayagraj was flooded with pilgrims who came from different parts of the country as well as around the world.

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Vehicular traffic was completely exempted from the mela grounds.

Saints were given 40 minutes to complete their ablutions.

The quest of devotees for Ram Mandir can also be seen at Sangam where 33,000 lamps are daily lit at the banks of Triveni to support the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

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