The wait is over!! Kumbh Mela 2019 begins with ‘Shahi Snan’

Today marks the beginning of the grand Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj. Approximately 12 million pilgrims from across the globe reached Sangam for the first Shahi Snan. Sadhus of 13 Akharas took  dip in the holy waters this morning.

It is believed that a bath at Sangam during this seven-week event cleanses the soul and frees one from the cycle of life and death.

Here are some important details about the event

Kumbh Mela Total Area — 32 sq km
Zones — 9
Shuttle buses to venue — 500
Total number of pontoon bridges — 22
Total parking capacity — 95
Watch Towers — 137
Lost and found camps — 20
First aid posts — 25

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