On Thursday, President Ram Nath Kovind to offer prayers along with his wife Savita Kovind at the Sangam, becoming the first President after Rajendra Prasad to visit ‘Kumbh Mela’.
President Kovind inaugurated the three-day “Gandhian Resurgence Summit” at the Parmarth Niketan Camp, where he said himself to be lucky to make the trip.
Later Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Twitter account posted: “This is the first visit by a President to the Kumbh since the visit of then president Rajendra Prasad in 1953.”
Mr. Kovind and his wife have reached the Bamrauli Airport on a special flight of the Indian Air Force at 9:30 am. They were greeted by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister and several Cabinet Ministers, said the officials.
President Kovind said that it was a happy coincidence that along with Kumbh, the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi also falls this year.
Mr. and Mrs. Kovind participated in “Gangan Pujan” in Allahabad’s Sangam area along with the Governor, Chief Minister, his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh among others.
President Kovind stayed in the Sangam area for around half-an-hour. He along with his family members went last years in the state during the “Magh Mela”.