Thousands throng to the Sangam in Prayagraj as Kumbh Mela opens

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 15, 2019, 10:11 AM(IST)

A file photo of Kumbh Mela. Photograph:( ANI )

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Loud chantings of religious songs were heard as the devotees proceeded towards the bathing site which lit up like Diwali in a hue of multiple colours.

 

 

Marking the onset of the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj on Tuesday, thousands of devotees took a holy dip in the Sangam during the wee hours.

Loud chantings of religious songs were heard as the devotees proceeded towards the bathing site which lit up like Diwali in a hue of multiple colours.

The Kumbh this year is organised at a much wider scale than its previous editions.

Elaborate security arrangements have been organised and pontoon bridges have been constructed to lead the visitors to the 5-km bathing ghat at Sangam. 

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Strict security has been deployed at all entry and exit points of these bridges to maintain law and order.

Glorifying the country's culture, PM Modi hoped for huge participation of devotees in the Kumbh Mela.

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About 13 'akharas' will be participating in the "Shahi Snan", the ceremonial bath on Tuesday with each being allocated about 45 minutes by the Kumbh authorities. 

The "Shahi Snan" is considered among the most significant components of the Kumbh Mela, and is supposed to begin at a certain hour.

The Kumbh Mela is held every six years, while the Maha Kumbh takes place every 12 years.

The Kumbh Mela will reach its culmination on March 4, which also marks the Maha Shivratri, the last of the six dates for "Shahi Snan".

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