Over 1.07 crore take holy dip on second shahi snan on ‘Paush Poornima’at Kumbh

With the second shahi snan on Paush Poornima, a month-long kalpvaas also took off on Monday. Kalpvas is a rigorous practice which continues till Magh Poornima.

Published: 21st January 2019 09:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2019 09:33 PM   |  A+A-

An aerial view shows devotees gathered at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela. (Photo: PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: Over one crore devotes took a holy dip in the Sangam, the confluence of holy Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during second shahi snan on the occasion of ‘Paush Poornima’ at Kumbh Mela on Monday.

Mela officer Vijay Kiran Anand put the figure at 1.07 crore till the dusk with devotes still moving towards the ghats for bathing in the holy waters. All the 13 akhadas (orders), sadhus, seers, religious leaders and the public started taking the holy dip with the crack of dawn amid chants of shlokas, ‘Har Har Gange’ and rendition of bhajans.

ALSO READ: Kumbh Mela: Because the world is here

A holy dip at Sangam is believed to lead the devotees towards the atonement of their sins and it frees a person from the cycle of death and birth. This time, this largest congregation of humanity on earth is likely to witness nearly 15 crore people thronging it from across the globe in the during the next 50 days.

With the second shahi snan on Paush Poornima, a month-long kalpvaas also took off on Monday. Kalpvas is a rigorous practice which continues till Magh Poornima.

During the kalpvas, the devotes and practitioners of it, stay put on the banks of holy Ganga for a month in tents.

ALSO READ: At Rs 4,200 crore, this year's Maha Kumbh Mela costliest ever​

They take holy dip thrice a day and eat just once the food cooked by themselves only. They spend their day in prayers and doing ‘daan’ to attain salvation.

The banks of Sangam came alive on Monday as early as 4 am with temperatures as the devotes had started thronging the mela site since last evening for the shahi snan.

The day started with processions of 13 akharas (orders) -- seven Shaiv, three Vishnava, two udasin and one Sikh -- moving, marching, dancing and singing one by one towards the bathing ghats for the shahi snan amid the chanting of hymns and shlokas. Besides, lakhs of other devotees also thronged the Sangam to take the holy dip on Paush Poornima.

As per the mela authorities, devotees from around 35 countries from across the globe took a dip at Sangam on Monday.

ALSO READ: ISRO releases satellite images of world's largest religious gathering at Kumbh Mela​

The order of bathing for different akharas is pre-determined. It commenced with Mahanrivani and Atal Akhara, Niranjani

with Ananada Akahra and Juna with Avahana and Agni akharas. They are followed by Nirvani, Digmabar, Nirmohi, baga Udasin, naya Udasin and Sikh akhara.

The cynosure of the day was the procession of Naga sadhus, the martial order of seers who move naked with ash smeared all over.

The rest four shahi snans will take place on February 4 (Mauni Amavasya), February 10 (Basant Panchami), February 19 (Maghi Poornima), March 4 (Mahashivratri).

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp