Covid protocol thrown to the wind as devotees gather for Kumbh Mela, migrants scramble to return home
All safety norms, however, went for a toss as lakhs thronged the ghats and jostled to take a dip
Maha Shivratri is being celebrated across India today, with people in large numbers queuing outside temples to worship Lord Shiva.
The much-awaited 50-day Kumbh Mela commenced on 15 January to a roaring start as auspicious Makarsankranti dawned upon the sangam, the confluence of holy Ganga, Yamuna and mythological Saraswati, and 1.25 crore devotees, including sadhus, seers, religious leaders and common public took a holy dip amid chants of 'Har Har Gange' during the first 'shahi snan' in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad). (Photo | Pushkar V / EPS)
As thousands of 'Naga babas' descend from the Himalayas to take part in the Kumbh mela in Allahabad, a shroud of mystery and appreciation surround these Hindu sadhus.