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Over 15 million pilgrims took the holy dip in ‘Sangam’ to attain salvation on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya during the ongoing Magh Mela in the Prayagraj district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
As a mark of respect, the Yogi Adityanath Government showered flower petals from a helicopter to add to the enthusiasm of the devotees. To ensure that the auspicious tradition of a month-long ‘Magh Mela’ and holy bathing at the Sangam takes place smoothly, the state government made all efforts to provide strict security amidst hygienic surroundings to all the devotees.
On the banks of Sangam – the confluence of holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and the mystical Saraswati – more than 12 bathing ghats were made, and the devotees were comfortably bathing to gain virtue.
In order to organise the Magh Mela, which extends over an area of 700 hectares, as many as 194 magistrates and 98 sector officers were deployed. Thanks to the continuous monitoring of Magh Mela by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the enthusiasm of the devotees was visible despite the severe winter cold.
Magh Mela officer Arvind Singh Chauhan said, “Due to the special crowd management during Mauni Amavasya, more than 1.5 crore devotees had conveniently taken a holy dip in the Sangam by noon; by the evening, this number is probably going to exceed two crore.”
Meanwhile on the directions Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, flower petals were showered on the devotees by a helicopter, which was highly appreciated by the pilgrims. The state government has ensured all arrangements, including security and convenience of the devotees who visit and stay on the ghats of Sangam for the month-long Kalpvas during the Magh Mela.