Around one crore devotees and pilgrims from different walks of life are expected to take a dip in Sangam on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
Prayagraj: The Sangam, confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, is all set to witness the last dip of the Kumbh Mela on Mahashivratri Monday, after more than 22 crore devotees took a holy bath here.
“This day symbolises the last holy bath of the Kalpvasis and is directly related to Lord Shiva. As per the mythology, this day is awaited in the heavens as well,” Gunjan Varshney, president of Ram Naam Bank situated at Civil Lines here, said. She also said it was on this day that Lord Shiv got married, and hence is eagerly awaited by his followers, who worship him.
Explaining about the significance of Mahashiv-ratri, Ashutosh Varshney of Grah Nakshtram, who has set up his camp here, said, “Mahashivratri marks the culmination of the Kumbh and the prominent bathing days.
And this time Mahashivratri is falling on a Monday — the day dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is falling after a long time.”
“This is a very rare coincidence and the Sangam area will remain more crowded than previous years since it is the last bating day,” he said.
He also said “Rudrabh-ishek” of “shivling” is also done on this day. In the Kumbh held in Sangam city, there were six bathing dates.
“Of these, shahi snaans were held on occasions of Makar Sankranti (Janu-ary 15), Mauni Amawasya (February 4) and Basant Panchami (February 10).
“Apart from this, ‘parv snaans have been held on the occasion of Paush Poornima (January 21) and Maghi Poornima (February 19),” Varshney said.
Elaborate arrangements have been made by administration for the last bathing ritual of the Kumbh, which expects around one crore devotees at the mega event held at the Sangam.
“Around one crore devotees and pilgrims from different walks of life are expected to take a dip in Sangam on the occasion of Mahashivratri. More than 22 crore people have so far taken dip in the ongoing Kumbh,” Kumbh Mela Adhikari Vijay Kiran Anand said here.
The UP police has also geared up for a seamless and incident-free Kumbh, spread over 3,200 hectare land in Sangam city.
“The entire Kumbh Mela area has been demarcated into nine zones and 20 sectors with the deployment of over 20,000 police personnel, 6,000 homeguards, 40 police stations, 58 outposts, 40 fire stations,
80 companies of central force and 20 companies of PAC,” girector general of police (DGP) of UP O.P. Singh earlier said.