Kumbh Mela: Over 1.50 crore devotees take holy dip on 'Maghi Purnima'
Prayagraj: The kumbh mela commenced on January 15, is celebrating its fifth royal bath on the occasion of ‘Maghi Purnima’, where over 1.50 crore devotees took a holy dip in the holy confluence on Tuesday.
Hundreds and thousands of devotees, seers, pilgrims and tourists came to the holy city of Prayagraj to dunk in the triveni Sangam — the trinity of holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati.
Elaborate security arrangements were made, keeping the heavy rush of people in mind, that started arriving in Kumbhnagar here since Monday night, said a police official.
He also said that 96 watch towers were placed across the Mela area along with 440 CCTV cameras to maintain a round-the-clock vigil.
Security has been beefed up following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, another police official told.
The “Maghi Purnima” holy dip was also crucial for the security as thousands of devotees who had taken a one-month-long ‘Kalp Vaas’ will be returning on Tuesday, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Kumbh, K.P. Singh.
Many special trains and buses of the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) were used to take people in and out the holy city during the Kumbh Mela.
The Mahashivratri, on March 4, will mark Kumbh’s last bathing day.
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