The Allahabad High Court on Saturday directed that no photographs of women taking a bath or a dip in the river at Kumbh Mela are to be published by any print or visual media. The court also warned publications of action if the order is violated.

Photography within 100 metres of the ghat is banned.

According to Dainik Jagran, expressing strong disapproval of the violation, a bench of justices PKS Baghel and Pankaj Bhatia asked the organisers why the ban is not being enforced strictly.

The court gave its order on a plea filed by one Aseem Kumar. The next hearing is scheduled for 5 April.

Meanwhile, Sangam city is all set to host the third ‘shaahi snaan’ (royal bath) of the ongoing Kumbh on Basant Panchami, falling on Sunday.

Over 2 crore devotees are expected to take a holy dip on the occasion, which will be the last shaahi snan.

Prior to Basant Panchami, shaahi snaans were held on Makar Sankranti on 15 January and Mauni Amawasya on 4 February.

‘Shaahi snan’ is the central highlight of the Kumbh Mela and the most important part of the celebration.

Kumbh Mela witnesses one of the largest human gatherings anywhere on Earth during an event that lasts 49 days in the month of Magh of Hindu calendar.

The Kumbh Mela area is spread over 3,200 hectares in Prayagraj. Heavy security has been thrown across the Kumba Mela area with thousands of cops deployed in the region.

The Mela, which begun on 15 January, will end on 4 March.