49 Day Long Kumbh Mela Ends with Mahashivratri

Kumbh enters the last day of festivities at the Triveni Sangam with Mahashivratri today. This year, Mahashivratri has fallen on a Monday, considered especially auspicious in regards to Lord Shiva.

An official from the mela has said that this is a very rare coincidence and that the Sangam area will remain more crowded than previous years since it is the last bathing day.

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According to reports, the total number of devotees expected to take part in today’s bath will reach 60 lakh. Mahashivratri marks the day Lord Shiva got married, and hence is eagerly awaited by his followers.

Ardh Kumbh Mela, one of the largest spiritual and religious gatherings in the world, began on January 15 this year, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Through this 49 day long duration, there were 6 bathing dates. The Shahi Snans were held on the occasions of Makar Sankranti (January 15), Mauni Amawasya (February 4) and Basant Panchami (February 10).

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will formally announce the end of Kumbh Mela 2019 at a function to be organised at Ganga Pandal in the mela area on March 5.