The 55-day long Kumbh Mela 2019 has started with thousands taking the Shahi Snan(Holy dip) at the Triveni Sangam in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj on Tuesday morning, amid tight security. With people coming from all across the country to visit the largest human congregation in the world Kumbh, Prayagraj is all decked and dressed up with street art and paintings.
Amid the saints and seers, Union Minister Smriti Irani also visited the Kumbh Mela and took the holy dip at Prayagraj's Triveni Sangam on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. She took to social media to share pictures of her visit to the holy congregation with her husband Zubin Irani.
Here are the visuals:
Meanwhile, in the wake of the mega event, the Indian Railways had last week announced five special trains to handle the extra rush of passengers. For the visitors of Mela, the administration has put up 1.22 lakh toilets in line with the theme of 'Swachh Kumbh, Surakshit Kumbh.' In order to meet the drinking water needs of devotees, the Kumbh Mela authority has also installed a total of 50 reverse osmosis (RO) water ATMs at various locations.
In the wake of Kumbh Mela, the local police has been keeping a strong vigil and monitoring the regions adjoining the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries. They have also restricted vehicular movement in Prayagraj roads due to a large footfall of tourists. Moreover, the administration has taken the help of Non-Government Organisations (NGO's) and citizens in maintaining law and order.
Expecting that people from all parts of the country and the world would be visiting this unique congregation at the banks of river Ganga, Yamuna, a food hub has been set up at Kumbh Mela area offering special cuisines from different states of India.