2 crore pilgrims take dip on Kumbh's last shahi snan
| Monday | 11th February, 2019
Talking to TOI, she said, "Basant Panchami is an auspicious occasion and I have come to complete the last shahi snan.
ALLAHABAD: More than 2 crore pilgrims took a dip at the Sangam on Basant Panchami, the last shahi snan of the Kumbh amid icy winds sweeping the mela grounds and the mercury plummeting to 7 degrees Celsius, triggering an intense cold wave.
"SSP (Kumbh) KP Singh, said, "We focused on crowd management at ghats and at five high-density pockets, including Kali Sadak, Sangam Nose, Sangam Lower Marg, Jhunsi and Akhsayvat Marg."
But the chill failed to deter millions of devotees from charging towards the pristine confluence of rivers with the mythical Saraswati becoming the key to completing the cycle of nirvana on Basant Panchami day.Seventeen drones were simultaneously deployed for the first time for seamless crowd management after hiccups during the pilgrim flood during Mauni Amavasya snan last week.
While the flow of akhara processions was regulated, ash-smeared, sword-wielding Naga sadhus were at their belligerent best in their last tryst with Kumbh this year.At least 20,000 seers of the fiercest monastic order, who will troop out of the Mela grounds from Monday, came out in full strength after dawn, smearing bhaboot on their bodies and displaying their martial prowess with swords while their hi-tech, chillum-smoking brethren interrupted the procession to click the spiritual celebration of nudity.While many mahamandaleshwars led the snan, Union minister and recently ordained high priest Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti also took a holy dip on Sunday.
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