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All set for 1st Shahisnan for Prayagraj Ardhkumbh


The preparations for the first Shahi Snan( Royal Bathing) and start of the 2019 Kumbh have been completed which will commence early on Tuesday morning.

The Kumbh Mela begins with the first Shahi Snan on Makar Sankranti on January 15.

The authorities have already banned entry of buses and other bigger vehicles in the city from Sunday evening when around 15 million pilgrims are expected to take a dip in the Sangam on the opening of the Kumbh.

The first Shahi Snan of akharas is one of the big attractions for the pilgrims and tourists. A large number of saints and seers, pilgrims and tourists from across the globe are continuously reaching the city to take a holy dip on the first bathing day on Makar Sankranti at the Sangam.

A devotee going after “Makar Sankrantï” bath at Allahabad Sangam as UP ATS (Anti Terror Squad) personnels on their duty during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

 

A foriegn devotee and a Sadhu at a Akhara near Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

A Sadhvi (female sadhu) greets her junior at a Akhara near Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

A Sadhu at a Akhara near Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

Devotees throng to visit Allahabad Sangam for tomorrow’s 1st Shahi Snan during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

Devotess take selfie with a Sadhu who is taking bath on “Makar Sankranti ” at Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

Devotees take holy bath for “Makar Sankranti” at Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

Devotees take holy bath for “Makar Sankranti” at Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

 

Devotees take holy bath for “Makar Sankranti” at Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

Worker busy to connect electric wire as Sun sets at Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

A Sadhu at Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

Devotees dry their clothes after taking spiritual “makar sankranti” dips in the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati during the Prayagraj Kumbh Festival, in Allahabad.

Devotees dry their clothes after taking spiritual “makar sankranti” dips in the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati during the Prayagraj Kumbh Festival, in Allahabad.

Police patrolling near Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati during the Prayagraj Kumbh Festival, in Allahabad.

Sadhus search for any salvageable earthly belongings after a fire that destroyed their tents at the Kumbh Mela venue in Allahabad on January 14. No casualties were reported in the blaze. 

Sadhus search for any salvageable earthly belongings after a fire that destroyed their tents at the Kumbh Mela venue in Allahabad on January 14. No casualties were reported in the blaze.

Little Sadhus at the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela venue in Allahabad on January 14.

A foriegn devotee and a Sadhu at a Akhara near Allahabad Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019 Prayagraj.

– Picture credit

Anindya Chattopadhyay
Special Photographer
The Times of India, Delhi

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.





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