Nine foreign nationals were bestowed with ‘Mahamandaleswar' title by the Nirmohi Akhara at Kumbh Mela on Saturday. The title was bestowed for promoting Sanatan Dharma across the world. It was the first time that nine foreign nationals embraced Sanatan Dharma together at Kumbh Mela.
The Mela commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti, the first bathing day and will culminate on March 4, Mahashivratri, marking the last bathing day.
On Sunday, over two crore devotees are expected to throng at the Triveni Sangam to take a holy dip on the festival of Basant Panchami and the third and the final ‘shahi snan’.
It is believed that devotees get the blessings of Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati by taking three dips on Basant Panchami.
Earlier, shahi snans were held on January 15, Makar Sankranti, and on February 4 on the occasion of Mauni Amawasya.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened at different crossings and parts of the city to ward off any untoward incident.
The Uttar Pradesh Police has also made tight security arrangments, spread over 3,200-hectare land in the Sangam City.
'The whole region has been demarcated into nine zones and 20 sectors with the deployment of over 20,000 police personnel, 6,000 home guards, 40 police stations, 58 outposts, 40 fire stations, 80 companies of central force and 20 companies of PAC,' the Director General of Police, Mr. OP Singh, said.
With a view to tackling any emergency situation, three police lines, three women police stations, one traffic police line and 317 police response vehicles have also been pressed into service.
Besides, Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) commandoes, anti-sabotage commandoes with snipers, bomb disposal units, sniffer dog squads and intelligence units have also been deployed.