On the occasion of fifth bathing festival, the Maghi Purnima Shahi Snan, large crowd of devotees and tourists visited the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela today. Devotees thronged all bathing ghats including the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati for today's bathing and it continued till late evening. Several dignitaries including governors and ministers from various states also took the ‘holy dip’ today. According to Prayagraj Mela Authority, 1.25 crore devotees have taken ‘holy dip’ today.
Bathing facilities in most of the sectors were developed to facilitate the devotees and Kalpvasees. Elaborated arrangements were in place for the fifth bathing festival at the Kumbh Mela. Large number of devotees and tourists had reached at Kumbh yesterday for taking ‘holy dip’ on the occasion. The administration had imposed traffic restrictions in the district in view of heavy rush of pilgrims. Entry of heavy vehicles was restricted into the district and all types of vehicles including pass holders were banned to enter into the Mela. Only vehicles related to essential services, media and administration were allowed.
With the bathing of Maghi Purnima, the departure of Kalpvasees to their home has started. Kalpvasees are the second largest contingent of the Kumbh who leave the Mela prior to Mahashivratri bathing festival. About 10 lakh Kalpvasees were residing in the Mela for last one month. Railway and Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation have pressed several special trains and buses into service to carry back the pilgrims.