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'Heaven on earth': Kumbh Mela attracts 70 lakh devotes for holy dip on 'Paush Purnima'

Over 70 lakh devotees took a dip in the Ganga river on Monday on the occasion of Paush Purnima during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

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Allahabad Published on: January 21, 2019 18:41 IST
A devotee blows a conch shell after taking a holy dip at
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A devotee blows a conch shell after taking a holy dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela

Over 70 lakh devotees took a dip in the Ganga river on Monday on the occasion of Paush Purnima during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

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Devotees take a holy dip on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during 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.

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Devotees gathered at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela

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

Fog too was seen before the 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 including foreign devotees coming to take the holy dip increased.

India Tv - Foreign devotees take a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela

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Foreign devotees take a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela

"Over 70 lakh devotees have taken a dip so far on the occasion of Paush Purnima. Drone cameras are being used to keep a watch and maintain vigil over the mela area," Mela adhikaari Vijay Anand told media.

India Tv - A devotee blows a conch shell after taking a holy dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela

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A devotee blows a conch shell after taking a holy dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela

UP minister Mohsin Raza on Monday visited the Sangam on the occasion of Paush Purnima and described it as "heaven on earth".

"I felt as if I am visiting the heaven on earth," he said.

India Tv - A Sadhu holds a trident as he takes a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela

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A Sadhu holds a trident as he takes a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela

He also lauded the Yogi Adityanath government for successfully organising the Kumbh Mela.

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