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HomeIndiaNotwithstanding severe cold, undeterred kaplwasis throng Ganga ghats | Allahabad News

Notwithstanding severe cold, undeterred kaplwasis throng Ganga ghats | Allahabad News

PRAYAGRAJ: Braving the bone chilling cold, thousands of devotees from all over the country have arrived on the banks of Ganga to perform monthlong kalpwas that is set to begin with the Paush Purnima snan — the first ritual bathing of annual Magh Mela — on Friday.
They will be living an austere life on the holy confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati from January 6 to February 5.
Having arrived from cities like Reewa, Satna, Sasaram, Pratapgarh, Unnao, Kanpur, Kaushambi, Chitrakoot and Bagpat these kalpwasis are either staying at the tents of their gurus or other tent city pockets at sector 3, 4 and 5.
During their stay, kalpwasis take part in religious discourses, give alms, eat only once a day and performing ritual baths daily to attain salvation.
Noted religious scholar and spiritual guru Amitabh Gour said kalpwasis spend a month of minimalistic life on the banks of Ganga and the Paush Purnima (full moon) day will mark the beginning of kalpwas.
“Paush Purnima is a significant day for Hindus which falls on the full moon day of Paush in the Hindu calendar. On this day, devotees take a dip in Sangam,” he said.
A devotee from Pratapgarh, Savitri Devi said: “It is my seventh consecutive year when I and my two elderly family members have arrived to perform kalpwas at the camp of our guru. Cold weather conditions don’t deter our spirit and we would be spending the month on banks of Ganga and performing all rituals.”
Another devotee Sumitra from Chitrakoot said: “Our devotion has brought us to the banks of Ganga. This is the first occasion when I and my husband would be observing kalpwas.”

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