New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Jan 14: Everything is ready for the spectacular event called Kumbh Mela 2019 and the grandeur of the event can be seen in these pictures. Right from the security arrangements to the 5-Star tents, everything is perfect.
Security has been tightened for world's largest human congregation, Kumbh 2019:
Scores of devotees from across the country took a holy dip at Sangam Ghat on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad, on Monday.
Security personnel take the oath to execute their duties honestly after offering prayers at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna ahead of the Kumbh Festival in Allahabad. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation called Kumbh festival that runs for a period of over a month starting from January 15.
Makar Sankranti or Maghi, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya. The day marks the first day of sun's transit into the Makara, marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
Hindu holy men sing bhajans at Sangam.
Special tent colony have been set up in Arail area of the event for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who are scheduled to arrive on January 24. Pilgrims and tourists can book tents as per their needs and budget online through Kumbh Mela website
According to local authorities, approximately 1,17,000 people offered prayers to Akshay Vat, a sacred fig tree mentioned in the Hindu mythology in Prayagraj.
In the wake of Kumbh Mela, the local police is keeping a strong vigil and monitoring the regions adjoining the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries. They have also restricted vehicular movement in Prayagraj roads due to a large footfall of tourists.
The administration has taken the help of NGO's and citizens in maintaining law and order.