Largest human gathering on Earth today
The administration, meanwhile, is keeping its fingers crossed saying it would be the “first test” of all the preparations made so far. At least 10,000 police personnel have been deployed to keep the first bath incident-free. Around 30,000 in all would be present over the next few days. Commandos of the Anti-Terrrorist Squad (ATS), anti-sabotage teams, sniffer dogs, landmine checking teams would be working round-the-clock to prevent any untoward incident. More than 5,500 sanitation workers have also been deployed to keep the Mela area clean.
The Kumbh Mela this time would last for 56 days. More than eight crore people are expected to visit Sangam and the preparations have been made with a budget of around Rs 1,200 crore.
Devotion, faith or rituals, virtually anything and everything that is associated with the Hindu religion seems to be bringing people here. For instance, Ram Chandra Ojha, from Kailali district in Nepal, came to Allahabad on Saturday along with 18 of his family members and village-mates, including women, for shraddh (post-funeral rites) of his ancestors.
The shraddh was performed on Sunday, but the group decided to brave the winter chill sleeping under an open sky just to be able to take the
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