Over 3 cr take holy dip on last ‘shahi snan’

Some stopped to click self­ies with an il­lu­mi­nated mela area in the back­ground

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PRAYA­GRAJ: De­spite chill, around three crore peo­ple hail­ing from dif­fer­ent walks of life took a dip in Sangam dur­ing the third and last ‘shahi snan’ on Bas­ant Pan­chami, claimed the Kumbh ad­min­is­tra­tion here on Sun­day.

“About 1.50 crore peo­ple had taken dip till 3 pm. Close to 50 lakh devo­tees had al­ready taken dip be­fore sun­rise. Around a crore devo­tees had taken the holy dip in Sangam on Sat­ur­day it­self,” said Vi­jay Ki­ran Anand, Kumbh mela of­fi­cer.He also said that all ‘akha­ras’ had com­pleted the shahi snan (royal bath). The fourth of­fi­cial bathing, which com­menced as per the ‘Muhu­rat’ be­gin­ning 8.54 am on Sat­ur­day, wit­nessed devo­tees tak­ing the holy dip all through Sat­ur­day also. The aus­pi­cious time lasted till 9.54 am on Sun­day.

PRAYA­GRAJ: De­spite chill, around three crore peo­ple hail­ing from dif­fer­ent walks of life took a dip in Sangam dur­ing the third and last ‘shahi snan’ on Bas­ant Pan­chami, claimed the Kumbh ad­min­is­tra­tion here on Sun­day.

“About 1.50 crore peo­ple had taken dip till 3 pm. Close to 50 lakh devo­tees had al­ready taken dip be­fore sun­rise. Around a crore devo­tees had taken the holy dip in Sangam on Sat­ur­day it­self,” said Vi­jay Ki­ran Anand, Kumbh mela of­fi­cer.

He also said that all ‘akhadas’ had com­pleted the shahi snan (royal bath).

The fourth of­fi­cial bathing, which com­menced as per the ‘Muhu­rat’ be­gin­ning 8.54 am on Sat­ur­day, wit­nessed devo­tees tak­ing the holy dip all through Sat­ur­day also. The aus­pi­cious time lasted till 9.54 am on Sun­day.

On Sun­day morn­ing from 6.15 am on­wards all 13 akhadas ar­rived for the holy dip through the es­pe­cially re­served ‘Akhada Marg’ and took the plunge into cold Sangam wa­ters. The first Akhada to take the holy dip was Shri Pan­chay­ati Akhada Ma­hanir­vani and Shri Pan­chay­ati Atal Akhada fol­lowed by other akhadas. The last to take the dip was Shri Pan­chay­ati Akhada Nir­mal at 3.40pm.

The en­tire Kumbh Mela area wore an il­lu­mi­nated look, mes­mer­iz­ing the devo­tees. Some en­thu­si­asts stopped to click self­ies with an il­lu­mi­nated mela area in the back­ground. Most of the devo­tees could be seen car­ry­ing wa­ter of the Ganga in bot­tles.

As the num­ber of vis­i­tors started go­ing

up, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials were heard is­su­ing in­struc­tions to the devo­tees to take a spe­cific exit route, and fin­ish the bathing for­mal­ity, so that other devo­tees could also take a holy dip. Kumbh Mela po­lice used gas bal­loons as an in­di­ca­tor to the pub­lic throng­ing the mela area to lo­cate the lost and found cen­tres run by it.

Chop­pers were also used for aerial mon­i­tor­ing of the Kumbh mela area.

“Bas­ant Pan­chami is the third and the last shahi snaan of the Kumbh. By tak­ing three dips on this day, a devo­tee gets the bless­ings of Ganga, Ya­muna and the myth­i­cal Saraswati rivers. Hence, it holds tremen­dous sig­nif­i­cance for devo­tees,” said Ab­hi­lasha Gupta Nandi, mayor, Praya­graj.

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▪ Naga sad­hus pro­ceed­ing for the last ‘shahi snan’ in Sangam at Praya­graj on Sun­day.

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