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Magh Mela 2024 Begins: 9 Lakh Devotees Take Holy Dip at Sangam on Paush Purnima

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By Team Pardaphash 
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The month-long Kalpwas of Magh Mela 2024 kicked off with the significant bathing festival of Paush Purnima, drawing over 9 lakh devotees to the holy dip at Sangam in Prayagraj. The event is an annual religious gathering unique to Prayagraj, attracting pilgrims for a month of camping, culminating on February 24 during the Maghi Purnima festival.

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Peaceful Bathing Festival:

Despite morning chill and heavy fog until 10 am, the bathing festival proceeded peacefully. By noon, around 5.80 lakh devotees had taken the holy dip, and the number increased to 9.80 lakh by 7 pm. The surge in devotees was attributed to the gradual increase in temperature as the sun dominated the sky.

Increased Bathing Ghats and Security Measures:

To accommodate the expected rush, the number of bathing ghats was increased from 8 to 12, extending the total length from 3300 feet to 6200 feet. For the safety of pilgrims, 4km long deep-water barricading was set up, along with 14 watch towers. Additionally, 200 changing rooms for women pilgrims were arranged.

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Arrival of Kalpavasis:

The arrival of Kalpavasis, associated with various seers, continued in the mela area, with thousands beginning their month-long religious practice. Special buses operated by Railways and UPSRTC were deployed to manage the influx of pilgrims.

Month-Long Religious Practice:

Kalpavasis engage in a disciplined and restrained life during the month, aiming to be liberated from the cycles of life and death. The belief is that practicing Kalpavas opens the door to heaven after one’s demise. The ritual signifies spiritual and scientific significance, and devotees resolve to take part in bathing and practicing Kalpavas during the auspicious month of Paush Purnima.

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