Prayagraj: On the occasion of ‘Paush Poornima’, hundreds and and thousands of pilgrims took Holy Dip at the Sangam — the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, here on Monday.
After ‘royal bathing’ (Shahi Snan) on January 15, ‘Paush Poornima’ is the second big thing for the devotees.
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To take the Holy dip, thousands of devotees, including women and even children walked several kilometres of the ‘sprawling Kumbhnagar’.
Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth passage of the main bathing dates.
While the rituals linked to the ‘Paush Poornima’ began, based on the astrological charts, on Sunday, the main ritual of bathing and ‘daan’ began on Monday morning.
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From this very day the fabled ‘Kalp Vaas’ when devotees give up world pleasures and connections, for a brief period and live the life of hermits, also began.
Several families have pitched tents here and have begun the ‘Kalp Vaas’ based on their beliefs of renunciation of the world pleasures, leading a simple life for the period.
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It is to be mentioned that during the ‘Kumbh’ mela, pilgrims would live without their families for one month and will engage themselves in singing bhajans, chanting hymns. The third ‘shahi snaan’ (royal bathing) is scheduled for February 4.
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