During Mauni Amavasya Shahi Snan in Kumbh Mela on Monday which reportedly registered a footfall of record five crore devotees, around 50,000 people split up or separated from their groups. Thanks to the Lost Found Centre, operated by Mela Police, all reached their destinations except 70 female and one child.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police, Kumbh Mela, Kavindra Pratap Singh, out of 50,000 people separated during Shahi Snan, 18,339 cases were registered online while rest of them were found without registering cases. From registered cases, around 6,315 were old age male, 11,845 were women and 179 were children. Around 70 females and one kid who do not have mobile phones and are not able to communicate about their native places are still staying in the camps.
“We are getting calls from various states like Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Haryana and many other states that their female members have been separated in the mela. We are trying to locate their native places with the calls we are getting and many other ways,” Singh added.
As per the authorities in the Kumbh Mela, over five crore devotees took ‘holy dip’ during the Shahi Snan at the banks of Sangam, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical river Saraswati. On Mauni Amavasya, the new moon day, since 3 AM in the Monday morning, a sea of pilgrims started arriving from all directions to the Sangam, some returned on the same day while some camped in the mela and returning today.
The new moon of Magh month is called Mauni Amavasya. According to the belief, the goddess is present in the holy meeting on this day at the Sangam. Hence, taking a dip in Ganga has special significance on this day.