Millions of pilgrims arrive at Kumbh Mela ahead of Mauni Amavasya

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 16:10 hrs

Around three crore Hindu pilgrims, devotees and visitors are expected to take plunges into the sacred river Ganges at Kumbh Mela tomorrow, on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya, the most auspicious day of one of the world's largest religious festival.

Mauni Amavasya is considered the holiest of the 55-day festival.

Millions of Hindu holy men and pilgrims descend at the Kumbh mela site for a bracing plunge in Ganges to what they feel will wash away sins.

"We expect about 3 crore pilgrims here, not in a day but a day before and day after specially, in these three to four days. People have started coming three to four days ago and they are taking bath in the morning, some are staying and some are going back," said Mani Prasad Mishra, District Magistrate and in-charge of the Kumbh Mela.

He informed that appropriate arrangements to manage the overwhelming crowd and ensure safe bathing have been made.

"We have made all the arrangements in a very elaborate fashion regarding traffic, security, safe bathing, safe access and safe state, water supply and electricity supply," he added.

"People from across the globe come at the Kumbh Mela and take part in the 'Shahi Snan' to seek blessings from saints. They also get enlightened about the feeling of sacrifice and spirituality. If truly blesses at the Kumbh mela, devotees also cleanse their souls," said Swami Anantkumar, a seer.

To cope with the flow of people, authorities in Uttar Pradesh have installed 35,000 toilets, laid 550 km of water pipes and 155 km of temporary roads at the riverbank site. (ANI)

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