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Kumbh Mela: Devotees throng Sangam for second 'Shahi Snan' on ‘Mauni Amavasya’ today, security tightened

The grand religious event, which started on January 15 on the occasion of Makar Sakranti, is expecting participation of over three crore pilgrims for 'Mauni Amavasya'.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 04, 2019 7:55 IST
Devotees take holy dip in river Ganga on the occasion of

Devotees take holy dip in river Ganga on the occasion of 'Mauni Amavasya'

Devotees have thronged to take a dip on Monday in the holy Sangam in Prayagraj on the auspicious occasion of ‘Mauni Amavasya’.

The grand religious event, which started on January 15 on the occasion of Makar Sakranti, is expecting participation of over three crore pilgrims for 'Mauni Amavasya'.

Security has been tightened in Kumbh ahead of the 'Mauni Amavasya' royal bath on Monday, IANS reported quoting officials.

The entire area has been divided into 10 zones and 25 sectors, which will be overseen by an Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) level officer.

Officials said 40 police stations and 58 police outposts have been set up for the royal bath, which is expected to see participation of thousands of people. 

Forty-three fire stations, 15 sub-fire stations, 40 fire watchtowers and 96 control watchtowers have been set up for the day, said a home department official. The entire area is under surveillance of 440 CCTV cameras. For close coordination and prompt communication, an Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) and 12 wireless grids have been established, the official said.

A district official overseeing the arrangements said 22 pontoon bridges and 40 ghats have been readied to manage the rush during the two-month-long congregation, especially on the days of the royal bath.

'Mauni Amavsya' marks the second 'Shahi Snan' (royal bath) of the 50-day Kumbh Mela -- the largest congregation in the world.

It is traditionally the biggest of all the sacred bathing days in the Mela.

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