Makar Sankranti has started today and thousands of pilgrims have come to Prayagraj to take a bath at the Sangam of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Officially the Kumbh Mela, the biggest cultural and religious event has started today. It is expected this year near about 12 crore pilgrims will come to visit.
In the “Shahi Snan”( royal bath) 13 akharas have participated. The Sanyasi got the first chance to take the holy dip this morning. Each akhara was allotted about 45 minutes by the Kumbh administration.
Uttar Pradesh government has prohibited the entry of vehicles only essential services vehicles are allowed.
Security level has been increased by management in order to avoid any kind of accidents. Several pontoon bridges are also made to take the pilgrims to the five-kilometer bathing ghat at Sangam. All the entry and exit points of these bridges are in watch by security persons.
This year Kumbh Mela is being controlled by 28 central government departments, 15 state government departments and ministries of six unions. The UP government has issued Rs. 4200 crore for the Ardh Kumbh.
A special weather forecast service has been launched by Union minister Harsh Vardhan, yesterday for the Kumbh Mela. Four weather station will provide information about the weather. It will also forecast for the next three days for the advantage of the pilgrims. A mobile application named “Kumbh Mela Weather Service” has been created to spread the live weather information.
The Kumbh Mela, which was acknowledged by UNESCO as the status of world heritage, will be continued till March 4.