The devotion of pilgrims at the union of holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati gave way to some breath-taking view from Kumbh Mela on the occasion of Maghi Purnima. The stunning aerial visual of the holy occasion was shared by Kumbh Mela Police, Uttar Pradesh.
Lakhs of devotees took a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious day of Maghi Purnimawhich, marking the end of the month-long penance period of Kalp Wasi pilgrims, known to be the most faithful ones at the Kumbh Mela. A never-ending line of devotees stretched across the bridge. They vow to live an austere and minimalist life on the banks of the Ganga for a month.
The cold weather was not a hurdle for devotees who took a dip at 4 am. Here is a beautiful ariel presentation from the occasion:
"After today's holy bath they all will head back to their respective homes," explained an old ascetic.
A nip in the air failed to deter the overwhelming crowd of devotees seen taking the holy dip as early as 4 am, despite vehicle restrictions in the vicinity of the makeshift township of Kumbh Nagri.
"I have seen that the crowd picks up later in the day. So it makes sense to take the dip early in the morning," said Aditya Langar from Pathankot, who was busy drying up his clothes after taking the dip.
Forty-nine special trains and 2,500 buses were pressed into service by the administration to ferry devotees from far away places to the Kumbh on Maghi Purnima.
Though not a shahi snan, Maghi Purnima like Paush Purnima and Maha Shivratri is called a 'parv snan' and is part of the six important bathing days during the Kumbh.