Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Latest News
Aircraft about to land at Mumbai airport flies into flock of flamingos, at least 40 birds dead China National Nuclear Power starts work on nation’s largest offshore solar farm OpenAI uses Scarlett Johansson’s voice for ChatGPT without permission: All details Haiti’s Gangs Grow Stronger as Kenyan-Led Force Prepares to Deploy Funerary procession to be held for late president in Iran's northwest | India News Saudi Arabia's national carrier orders more than 100 new Airbus jets 'It's not fair': Wasim Akram agrees with Irfan Pathan, slams ECB and England players for leaving IPL early | Cricket News Second Henrietta Lacks family lawsuit can proceed against pharmaceutical company, judge rules California Assembly passes bill allowing cannabis cafes Dibrugarh: Dibrugarh cracks down on unauthorised e-rickshaws | Guwahati News BTS’ RM, NewJeans, Aespa and Treasure to go head to head in the K-pop charts with a clutch of new releases 'He had never asked me a single question': Gautam Gambhir hails Shah Rukh Khan as 'best owner' | Cricket News Microsoft unveils AI-capable Windows PCs said to be faster than Apple’s MacBook Air 2024 showdown: Trump tops Biden in April campaign cash dash Check-Dam: Opposition Leaders Condemn Check-Dam Construction in Kerala | Coimbatore News Big IPOs seen making a comeback in India as stock boom continues TOI Health News Morning Briefing | FLiRT variants identified in Kolkata, Harvard study finds when to take aspirin during heart attack, simple tests to check purity of milk, FAQs on heat stroke answere... OpenAI pauses ChatGPT voice ‘eerily similar’ to Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson Said No, but OpenAI’s Virtual Assistant Sounds Just Like Her Sean Hannity: This is not justice IMD: IMD forecasts heavy rain in 8 districts from Friday | Bhubaneswar News China’s GPS rival BeiDou prepares to take off as Beijing moves to strengthen home-grown satellite navigation Australia and New Zealand sending planes to evacuate nationals from New Caledonia's unrest Trump's social media account shares a campaign video with a headline about a 'unified Reich' Illegal Construction: Illegal construction in public park: HC directs Moradabad DM & police to act | Allahabad News Government norms to monitor quality of spices exports IPL 2024, Qualifier 1: Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad look to put on a show | Cricket News Scarlett Johansson says that OpenAI approached her to use her voice Moose kills man trying to take photos of her newborn calves in Alaska Class 12 General Marksheets: Class 12 general marksheets distribution date in Gujarat | Ahmedabad News
HomeIndiaMagh Mela begins in Prayagraj, 5.10 lakh devotees take holy dip |...

Magh Mela begins in Prayagraj, 5.10 lakh devotees take holy dip | Allahabad News


PRAYAGRAJ: Braving the intense cold and foggy conditions, around 5.10 lakh devotees took holy dip in Sangam on Paush Purnima on Friday marking the beginning of 44-day Magh Mela in Prayagraj.
The day also marks the start of month-long Kalpwas where thousands of devotees live an austere life on the banks of Sangam till Maghi Purnima (February 5) and perform rituals.
Magh Mela officials said initially, all the 14 ghats recorded thin attendance during the early morning hours but the footfall increased after 11am.
Officials said devotees started thronging the ghats since 4am amid foggy weather and intense cold. The strength of devotees at 10am, 2pm and 4pm was recorded 2.05 lakh, 3.25 lakh and 4.5 lakh, respectively.
Commissioner of police Ramit Sharma told TOI, “Around 5.10 lakh devotees had taken a dip till 5 pm and the number is likely to increase with more arriving till late evening.”
He added, “Mela police had made adequate arrangements for the snan and no untoward incident was reported.”
Mela officials said moderate rush was witnessed at Sangam ghat from early hours and devotees from all over the country flocked mela campus till evening hours.
The day was important for Kalpwasis, who arrived on the banks of Sangam with the resolve to spend the month in the open without any worldly pleasure. They will spend the month (January 6 to February 5) in small tents, pay obeisance to Ganga daily, listen to religious discourses, give alms, eat one meal a day and perform ritual baths to free themselves from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
Many devotees, including saints, seers and mahants, were seen entering waist-deep water and taking holy dip.
Pithadhishwar swami Abhay Chaitanya Falahari Mauni Ji Maharaj performing “dandwat parikrama” remained a key attraction among devotees.
He performed chakravarti Dandwat Parikrama 588th times wishing for grand temples in Mathura and Kashi like Ayodhya.
A large number of women devotees from all over the country too took holy dip in Sangam, the confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, amid chants of “Jai Maa Gange and Har Har Mahadev.”
Noted religious scholar Amitabh Gour said: “Devotees take holy dip in ‘Sarvarth Siddhi Yog’ period on Paush Purnima to seek salvation. Kalpwasis have too started their month long Kalpwas.”
Reewa resident Sushma said: “Intense cold could not deter my family from taking holy dip as the feeling of taking a dip in Sangam is unparalleled. We have travelled hundreds of kilometres just for this.”
Manu, a resident of Kanpur, said: “The charm of Sangam attracts millions of devotees towards this holy site and he couldn’t resist from being part of this.”
Meanwhile, cops equipped with the latest security gadgets maintained a strict vigil throughout the day. The mela police had deployed around 5,000 policemen, including ATS commandos and personnel of para military for crowd and traffic management.
On Friday, the police allowed a restricted number of vehicles towards mela ground and worked on diversion schemes to manage the flow of devotees.





Source link

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Latest News