Whenever the fest of Maha Shivratri occurs, a large number of devotees gather in the place of Maha Kumbh, for thousands of years. On this festive night, more than 32 Lakh devotees have reportedly took the holy dip in the River Ganga to take part in the first ‘shahi snan’ of the Maha Kumbh, at Haridwar.

The pilgrims were allowed to the Ganga from early morning hours till 8 am, thereafter followed the seers from seven prominent Akhadas – Juna, Niranjani and Mahanirvani, came as processions while one after the other took the holy dip at Har-Ki- Pauri’s Brahmakund till night fall.

Deepak Rawat, an officer of Kumbh Mela said that “As per our estimation, 32 lakh devotees took a dip in the Ganga from 12 am till 5 pm on Thursday.”

A special initiative has been arranged to honour the seers who’re present there, a huge downpour of flowers were dropped on the seers from the sky through choppers, was a delight to witness.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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