Kumbh ends

The 49-day Kumbh mela drew to a close at the Sangam notching up three world records in the Guinness Book and a footfall of 24 crore people. On Monday, over 1 crore faithful took the holy dip on Mahashivaratri, the last of the ‘snans’ that started on January 15.

The Prayagraj Mela Authority secured three world records: over 7,600 people came together to create the world’s fastest handprint painting in eight hours, it mobilized 10,000 individuals to sweep multiple venues at five locations in a single day. It also paraded the largest number of buses in the world, with a fleet of 503 running a distance of 3.2 km. Officials said around 45% of devotees took a dip during the the three shahi snans — 2.25 crore at Makar Sankranti on January 15, more than 5.5 crore on the day of Mauni Amavasya on February 4 and 2 crore on Basant Panchami which fell on February 10.

UP minister of state (independent charge) Suresh Kumar Rana said, “The Kumbh Mela hosted delegates from 192 countries.”

An Italian national at the Kumbh, Alasendaro, said, “The atmosphere is rustic yet replete with spirituality and energy. It’s a great experience and can be felt only through physical experience.”

The Kumbh will be officially declared closed on Tuesday by UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

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