A man sails his boat as sunset during the Kumbh Mela 2019 at the Sangam in Allahabad.

Kumbh Mela 2019: Amit Shah, Yogi Perform ‘Aarti’ at Triveni Sangam

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BJP President Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performed ‘aarti’ at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj on Wednesday, 13 February.

Crores flocked to the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj for the second shahi snan on Monday, 4 February. The day marked the ‘mauni amavasya’.

The 49-day Kumbh Mela commenced on 15 January and will end on 4 March. This year, the ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ is being held after six years.

  • UP Finance Minister Rajesh Aggarwal said, roughly Rs 2,800 crore has been earmarked for the Kumbh Mela
  • More than 140 million pilgrims and tourists are expected to attend the mela this year
  • Representatives from 192 countries are slated to attend the mega event

Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath Perform 'Aarti' at Triveni Sangam

BJP President Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performed ‘aarti’ at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj on Wednesday, 13 February, ANI reported.

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Minor Fire Breaks Out in Kumbh

A fire broke out broke out in two tents during the Kumbh Mela 2019 on Tuesday, 5 February. The fire is under control and no injuries have been reported.

Devotees Throng Kumbh for Holy Dip on Mauni Amavasya

The day began as early as 3 am for scores of devotees who were seen making a beeline for the Sangam – the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati – on foot as entry of vehicles was restricted in the vicinity of Kumbh Nagari, the sprawling 32,000-hectare township that has come up on the banks of the river.

“Yeh Kumbh nahi asan bas itna samajh lijiye thanda pani hai aur dupki lagana hai (Mind you, this Kumbh is no easy task, the water is cold and you have to take the plunge),” said Ravish Vajpayee, an aspiring poet, who was just out after taking the holy dip in one of the many ghats.

And though ‘mauni' means ‘silent', the chants of ‘Har Har Ganga' and 'Ganga Maiya ki Jai' grew only louder at the break of dawn when Naga Sadhus, a martial order of ascetics who roam naked with ash smeared on their bodies, dancing and singing moved in a procession with religious leaders sitting atop decorated chariots for the holy dip at the Sangam.

Many devotees take a vow of silence on this day.

Sadhus of 13 akharas (seven Shaiva, three Vaishnava, two Udasina, and one Sikh) who have traditionally participated in the Kumbh Mela will be the first to take the holy bath.

Why is ‘Mauni Amavasya' at Kumbh Mela Important for Devotees?

Hear from the devotees who travel all the way to Allahabad to take a dip in river Ganga on Mauni Amavasya to understand why this day is important for them.

Second Shahi Snan at Kumbh

On the eve of the second shahi snan on Monday, 4 February, crores have reached Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj as the day marks the ‘mauni amavasya’. The third shahi snan will be held on Basant Panchami. Here are some early morning pictures from the ground.

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Devotees take a dip in river Ganga in Kumbh mela.
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Devotees take a dip in river Ganga in Kumbh mela.
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Hindu Devotees arrives on the eve of the Mauni Amavasya during the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on Sunday.