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Kumbh 2019: Devotees throng Sangam ghat, security tightened

ANI  |  Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

Scores of devotees from across the country took a holy dip at Sangam Ghat on the occasion of in here on Monday.

Makara Sankranti or Maghi, is a festival day in calendar, in reference to deity Surya. The day marks the first day of sun's transit into the Makara, marking the end of the month with the and the start of longer days.

According to local authorities, approximately 1 lakh 17 thousand people offered prayers to Akshay Vat, a sacred fig tree mentioned in mythology in Prayagraj.

In the wake of Kumbh Mela, the local police is keeping a strong vigil and monitoring the regions adjoining the banks of and its tributaries. They have also restricted vehicular movement in Prayagraj roads due to a large footfall of tourists. Moreover, the administration has taken the help of Non-Government Organisations (NGO's) and citizens in maintaining law and order.

"As per the order by the of Police (DGP) to all the senior police officials in all the districts, it has been instructed to ensure that any sort of illegal industrial activity or waste should not be discharged into the and its tributaries including the Yamuna," Praveen Kumar, (Law & Order), had stated on January 10.

Kumbh is the largest human congregation in the world, with lakhs of pilgrims participating in the festival with the belief that taking a dip in the holy water of River will pave the way for their salvation and would rid them of their sins.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 09:21 IST