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Kumbh Mela 2019 begins in Prayagraj

January 16, 2019

One of world's biggest Hindu festivals, the Kumbh Mela has begun in Prayagraj at Uttar Pradesh. People from across the world came together at the feet of River Ganges to take a sip inside the holy water on Tuesday. The 55 day festival will get over by March. The authorities expect a turnover of at least a crore visitors and devotees for the Kumbh Mela 2019. In spite of the freezing cold temperatures, devotees were seen praying inside the cold River Ganges.

In the Rigveda Rishis Vasishta and Agastya were both born from a magical kumbh (pot of water) with Agastya coming out first. Kumbh symbolizes the inner waters of Consciousness, which is where all the great Yogis and Rishis abide. Kumbh Mela creates this on Earth-Dr David Frawley, Twitter User

Kumbh Mela began on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti on Tuesday. Many celebrities and politicians are expected to attend the Kumbh Mela. Union Minister Smriti Irani already took a dip inside the water and tweeted a photo of hers at the event.

Government authorities said that Prayagraj is well equipped to handle the crores of devotees who are going to throng the place in the next three months. All the facilities are up to the mark. The streets of Prayagraj are already painted with murals and decorated for the festival.

The Uttar Pradesh police have arranged all security measures for the Kumbh Mela. They will be using the RFID (radio frequency identification) tags to locate kids under 14 years if they are lost at the Kumbh Mela. Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh said that 15 modern, digital and integrated lost and found centres have already been set up in the Kumbh area. These have been integrated with the district police and social media as well.

"#KumbhMela Plays a pivotal role in the historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of the country and the world drawing unparalleled faith from crores and crores of pilgrims visiting @PrayagrajKumbh Discover Kumbh, Discover India, Discover Yourself", tweeted Ishita Jaisingh Shekhawat

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