More Than 25 Lakh Take Holy Dip In Nashik Khumb Mela: More than 25 lakh devotees has taken holy dip in the ongoing Khumb Mela at Nashik in Maharashtra.
The bathing ghats at Nashik has been filled with lakhs of devotees who are present there to take a holy dip in the river Godavari on the occasion of Bhadrapad Amavasya during the Sinhastha Khumbela.
It was learnt that more than 25 lakh devotees has taken holy dip in the waters of Godavari in Nashik and Trimbakeshwar including sadhus, mahants and pilgrims on the occasion of the second Shahi Snan Parvani of the on going Kumbh Mela on Sunday.
The sadhus of Niranjani Akhada and others arrived at the Kushavarta pond in Trimbakeshwar in a grand royal procession and performed puja of their deity, followed by a holy dip in the pond and after that the Sadhus went to the historic Shiva temple and took darshan of Lord Shiva before returning to their respective Akhadas.
Seers of Nirmohi Akhada arrived first in a grand procession from Tapovan’s Laxminarayan temple for the bath to Ramkunda pond in Nashik and then the saints of Digambar Akhadas and Nirvwani took holy dip.
Heavy security has been maintained by the state police with more than 20,000 security personnel drawn from state home guards, Nashik (City) Police and from central paramilitary forces like Rapid Action Force (RAF) and many vehicles were seen on various routes leading to twin Kumbh towns of Nashik and Trimbakeshwar.
Many pilgrims arrived at the holy places a day before the Bhadrapad Amavasya. Pilgrims from from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Orissa and Tamil Nadu poured in through out the day. According to the reports over 11,000 private vehicles were seen, of the 3,000 buses deputed by the government to ply devotees, 2,500 were used till 1 pm.