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Wish sanitation prevails at Kumbh Mela, says PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat

The Kumbh Mela will commence from January 15 at Prayagraj

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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PM Narendra Modi offers prayers in Prayagraj, where he took stock of the preparations for the 2019 Kumbh Mela (Photo:PTI)

Prime Minister Sunday said he hoped sanitation will be maintained along with reverence at in January, saying it will send a positive message far and wide.

In his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio address, the last this year, he said this time much emphasis is being laid on cleanliness during Kumbh.

"If during the course of this event sanitation prevails along with reverence, then it will lead to a positive message reaching far and wide," the Prime Minister said.

He said, is also a huge medium of self discovery, where every visitor experiences a unique feeling and learns to look at the worldly things from a spiritual perspective.

"This can be a huge learning experience especially for the youth," he felt.

The will commence from January 15 at Prayagraj.

The Mela draws lakhs of pilgrims over the course of approximately 55 auspicious days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati.

Referring to celebrations, the PM said this time South African will be the chief guest as India also celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of

"Our revered Bapu and shared an unbreakable bond. It was South Africa, where Mohan (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) transformed into the 'Mahatma'. It was in South Africa, where had started his first Satyagraha and stood rock steady in protest of apartheid," said.

He also said that at times when government organisations are described as a 'regulators', and Standard Authority of India has been working beyond this brief for public awareness and public education.

It has launched a campaign on promoting good eating or safe and healthy diet habits.

First Published: Sun, December 30 2018. 14:55 IST