The 49-day-long Kumbh Mela officially began in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) on 15 January. It will continue till 4 March. Although it is usually spread across a 20-km radius, the Kumbh Mela 2019 will be sprawled across an area of 45 km.
What the Sadhus Are Saying
“Sadhus want that this year, the Kumbh should be grand and divine. Ever since we arrived, different programmes have taken place in every akhada. We were the first ones to arrive here. We saw the grandeur of the city during the ‘Nagar Pravesh’ ceremony. All the saints and sadhus are satisfied with the arrangements and facilities provided by the administration.” Mahant Premgiri, International Vice-President, Juna Akhada.
Confluence of Technology and Tradition
The Yogi Adityanath government is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s Kumbh a spectacular event.
For this, high-end technology is also being used for various purposes. From Kumbh Rail Seva App to free wi-fi, many facilities are expected to be provided. It’s not just the government, even saints and the organisers are using technology at Kumbh.
Yogi Government’s Mega-Budget for Kumbh
The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh has released a mega-budget of Rs 3,900 crore for Kumbh. This time, the Kumbh Mela is spread over an area of 3,200 acres.
The Kumbh officials are trying to provide all the basic facilities so that Kumbh becomes an attraction for tourists.“According to our estimates, around 12 crore people will take the holy dip. So, we are strategizing accordingly. We estimate that every day around 20 lakh will stay on the banks of the Ganga. We are providing basic amenities in 20 sectors.” Vijay Kiran Anand, Official