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Kumbh Mela 2019: More than 1 crore devotees take holy dip in Sangam on Mahashivratri

Updated : March 05, 2019 02:04 PM IST

Even before midnight, devotees from different walks of life and parts of the country began to pour into Sangam city to take holy dip on Mahashivratri, the great night of Lord Shiva and the last bathing day in the one-and a-half-month-long Kumbh Mela.

Till Monday evening, more than 1 crore devotees had taken a holy dip in the Sangam area, officials said.

The bathing ghats brimmed with colour in the morning. Late-night showers in parts of the holy city failed to dampen the spirit of the pilgrims. As the sun came out, devotees enthusiastically greeted the sun, while some offered obeisance to the Sun God with traditional 'Yoga asanas'.

According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri symbolises the last holy bath of Kalpvasis, who spend the month of Magh -- the period of austerity -- in minimal means.

Kumbh is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. It is held once in every 12 years. This time it began on January 15 on Makar Sankranti. There are six bathing dates. Of these, shahi snaans are held on Makar Sankranti, Mauni Amawasya and Basant Panchami. Parv snaans are held on Paush Poornima and Maghi Poornima.

Boats tethered at the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati as devotees take holy dips on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri during the last day of Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Boats tethered at the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati as devotees take holy dips on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri during the last day of Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Boats tethered at the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati as devotees take holy dips on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri during the last day of Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Boats tethered at the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati as devotees take holy dips on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri during the last day of Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Devotees take boat rides at the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati during the last day of Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Devotees take boat rides at the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati during the last day of Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A Naga Sadhu or a naked Hindu holy man stands behind a piece of cloth hung to dry at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Tuesday, February 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A Naga Sadhu or a naked Hindu holy man stands behind a piece of cloth hung to dry at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Tuesday, February 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A man walks past smoke from fumigation to prevent mosquito-borne diseases at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A man walks past smoke from fumigation to prevent mosquito-borne diseases at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Sanitation workers sweep a street in an effort to create a world record at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh festival in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Sanitation workers sweep a street in an effort to create a world record at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh festival in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, returns after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is on second right. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, returns after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is on second right. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, returns after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, returns after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaks after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu sadhus, or holy men, and other pilgrims at Sangam that dates back to at least medieval times. Pilgrims bathe in the river believing it cleanses them of their sins and ends their process of reincarnation. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaks after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu sadhus, or holy men, and other pilgrims at Sangam that dates back to at least medieval times. Pilgrims bathe in the river believing it cleanses them of their sins and ends their process of reincarnation. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Omar Al Schekhli from Morocco takes a ritualistic dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Prayagraj, India, Friday, February 22, 2019. More than 100 foreign delegates visited the Kumbh on an invitation by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Omar Al Schekhli from Morocco takes a ritualistic dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Prayagraj, India, Friday, February 22, 2019. More than 100 foreign delegates visited the Kumbh on an invitation by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A foreign delegate performs rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival in Prayagraj, India, Friday, February 22, 2019. More than 100 foreign delegates visited Kumbh on an invitation by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A foreign delegate performs rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival in Prayagraj, India, Friday, February 22, 2019. More than 100 foreign delegates visited Kumbh on an invitation by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A foreign delegate stands for a photograph in front of giant posters of Sadhus at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival in Prayagraj, India, Friday, February 22, 2019. More than 100 foreign delegates visited Kumbh on an invitation by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A foreign delegate stands for a photograph in front of giant posters of Sadhus at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival in Prayagraj, India, Friday, February 22, 2019. More than 100 foreign delegates visited Kumbh on an invitation by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A Hindu devotee offers prayers after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A Hindu devotee offers prayers after taking a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India, Sunday, February 24, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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