The Kumbh Mela draws thousands to the Holy Ganga

Braving intense chill, thousands of devotees took a dip in the River Ganga on Monday on the occasion of Paush Purnima – the second auspicious bathing day of the Kumbh Mela.

From Sunday night itself, the Sangam area was buzzing with activity as devotees started arriving even as security forces maintained a close watch on the movement of pilgrims and visitors at the mela venue.

Even before sunrise, devotees were seen coming out from the ghats after taking the dip.

Thousands of devotees have taken a dip so far on the occasion of Paush Purnima.

Drone cameras are being used to keep a watch and maintain a vigil over the mela area, Mela adhikaari.

Here are some visuals of this special event at Kumbh Mela 2019

1. Devotees flocking for Paush Purnima bath

Fog too was seen before sunrise at various places in the Sangam area. However, it failed to dampen the mood of devotees, who turned up in large numbers for the Paush Purnima bath. As the day progressed, the number of devotees coming to take the holy dip increased.
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2. Paush Purnima marks the begiinning of Kalp Vaas(the period of austerity)

The Purnima or full moon day will also mark the beginning of Kalp Vaas (the period of austerity) at Kumbh Mela.
Photo Credits: Reuters 

3. Full moon over Sangam

The full moon was at its splendid best over Sangam before the break of dawn and devotional songs greeted visitors in the Sangam area.
Photo Credits: NASA 

Significant day for Hindus

Elaborating on the significance of Paush Purnima, Swami Adhokshanand said, Paush Purnima is a significant day for Hindus which falls on the full moon day of Paush in the Hindu calendar. On this day, devotees from different parts of the country assemble at Sangam to take a holy dip. Even Lord Krishna had said that in the Hindu calendar, he represents the month of Paush, he said. 
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5. ‘Jap’, ‘Tap’ and ‘Daan’: Renunciation of the world pleasures

Paush Purnima, which is symbolized by ‘Jap’, ‘Tap’ and ‘Daan’, is one of the most ancient parv (festivals) of India. Kalp Vaas’ based on their beliefs of renunciation of the world pleasures, leading a simple life for the period. Several devotees travel from across the country to observe Kalp Vaas. 

6. Kinnar Akhara on ‘Shahi Snan’

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, chief of the “Kinnar Akhara” congregation for transgender people takes a dip during the “Shahi Snan” (grand bath) during “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India. Kinnar Akhara is one of the significant part of the Kumbh Mela. 
Photo Credits: Reuters 

7. Third ‘shahi snaan’ on Feb 4

‘Kalp Vaas’, people following it are expected to sleep on the floor, eat one meal a day and thrice take a dip in the holy Ganga. The third ‘shahi snaan’ (royal bathing) is scheduled for February 4.  Photo Credits: AFP

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