Over 70 lakh devotees took a dip in the Ganga river on Monday on the occasion of Paush Purnima during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
He also lauded the Yogi Adityanath government for successfully organising the Kumbh Mela.