Staggering 1.81 crore people throng to take dip at Sangam on 'Mauni Amavasya'

Published: 04th February 2019 03:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2019 06:52 PM  

Braving chilly weather conditions, over 20 million pilgrims took a holy bath at Sangam-- the confluence of sacred river Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati--on the occasion of the main auspicious bathing day of 'Mauni Amavasya' on Monday. (Photo: PTI)
A view of Sangam at early hours on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' during the Kumbh Mela. (Photo: PTI)
This year the Mauni Amavasya became more auspicious as it fell on Monday, thus it turned out to be 'Somvati Amavasya.' (Photo: PTI)
The royal procession of the 13 Akhara began well around 6:00 A.M with sadhus, saints and the Mahamandeleshwar with Mahanirvanis taking the lead. (Photo: PTI)
The Nagar sadhus and Sanyasi--welding tridents, swords and spears--took holy bath rituals without any hindrance. (Photo: PTI)
The first to reach the Sangam for the Shahi Snan was Maha Nirvani Akhara and the Atal Akhara followed by Niranjani, Anand, Juna, Awahan, Sri Panch Agni, Nirvani Ani, Digambar Ani, Nirmohi Ani, Naya Udaseen, Bada Udaseen and Nirmal Akhara. (Photo: PTI)
The last Shahi Snans will be held on Basant Panchami-February 10 besides other important occasions of bathing are Maghi Purnima-February 19 and Maha Shivratri-March 4. (Photo: PTI)
Both state and Centre government, have made considerable efforts to attract tourists and pilgrims. Besides pumping in Rs 2, 800 cr for Kumbh Mela and beautification of the district, the state as well as the Union Government made several announcements and opened projects.(Photo: PTI)
A view of Sangam at early hours on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' during the Kumbh Mela. (Photo: PTI)
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