The nearly two-month-long Prayagraj Kumbh has concluded with its sixth bathing festival on Maha Shivratri on Monday.
The Prayagraj Kumbh attracted more than 24 crore bathers on different bathing festivals including Makar Sankranti, Paush Purnima, Mauni Amavasya, Vasant Panchami, Maghi Purnima and Maha Shivratri.
For the first time in the history of Prayagraj Kumbh, an unprecedented rush of devotees was witnessed throughout the Mela period.
Maha Shivratri, the sixth and the last bathing festival of Prayagraj Kumbh, was celebrated yesterday with religious fervour and enthusiasm. A large number of devotees thronged the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, braving the chill and rain from midnight.
Prayagraj Mela Authority has said that above 1.10 crore devotees took the holy dip on the occasion. The Mela administration had developed eight ghats spread over eight km at Sangam and other areas of the Mela for the pilgrims.
As many as 27 special trains and thousands of buses were put into service to ferry the devotees. Elaborate security arrangements were in place in and around the Mela area. Several dignitaries including Union and State Ministers took the holy dip on the occasion.
The Mela was spread over 3200 hectares divided into 20 sectors. As many as 20 pontoon bridges were erected on the river Ganga to connect the different sectors. For the first time, Prayagraj Kumbh successfully put its name in Guinness Book of World Records in three fields including sanitation and cleaning, traffic plan and mob management and “paint your city”.
Representatives of the World Record Book visited the Mela and observed the proceedings for three days. They have handed over three certificates to the Mela Authority in this regard.
For the first time, the President, the Vice-President, the Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Governors and Chief Ministers and State Ministers not only visited the Kumbh but also took the holy dip at Sangam.
Similarly, representatives of 72 countries put up their national flags at Kumbh and more than 3500 representatives from different countries visited the Mela. Thousands of non-resident Indians (NRIs) also visited the Kumbh and took a holy dip. The Prime Minister of Mauritius with his wife visited the Kumbh and took a holy dip and met the saints.
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