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Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 Through Reporter's Eyes

India | News18 | January 17, 2019, 3:28 pm
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 The 2019 Kumbh Mela is taking place in the city of Prayagraj, earlier known as Allahabad. Here, millions of Hindu pilgrims throng Sangam—a point of confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati – where a bath is believed to flush away all of one's sins and attain Moksha. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

The 2019 Kumbh Mela is taking place in the city of Prayagraj, earlier known as Allahabad. Here, millions of Hindu pilgrims throng Sangam—a point of confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati – where a bath is believed to flush away all of one's sins and attain Moksha. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

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 However, this being a year of Lok Sabha polls, many believe that the road for the BJP to reclaim New Delhi in May this year will pass through Prayagraj. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

However, this being a year of Lok Sabha polls, many believe that the road for the BJP to reclaim New Delhi in May this year will pass through Prayagraj. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

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 Playing host to the world’s largest religious gathering, Prayagraj is coated with posters that featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

Playing host to the world’s largest religious gathering, Prayagraj is coated with posters that featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

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 The religious gathering has also drawn up an estimate of more than Rs 4,200 crore, making this year’s mega pilgrimage the costliest ever. Reportedly, the first

The religious gathering has also drawn up an estimate of more than Rs 4,200 crore, making this year’s mega pilgrimage the costliest ever. Reportedly, the first "Shahi Snan" (royal bathing) on the first day of Kumbh at Prayagraj drew a record crowd of 2.25 devotees. (Image: PTI)

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 The last full Kumbh Mela in 2013 cost less than a third of this amount. Add to that Adityanath’s decision to turn a smaller Ardh, or “half” Kumbh Mela, into a full version of the festival. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

The last full Kumbh Mela in 2013 cost less than a third of this amount. Add to that Adityanath’s decision to turn a smaller Ardh, or “half” Kumbh Mela, into a full version of the festival. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

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 This media blitzkrieg and the hefty spendings over Kumbh this year is what BJP might like to capitalise on before the country goes to polls this year. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

This media blitzkrieg and the hefty spendings over Kumbh this year is what BJP might like to capitalise on before the country goes to polls this year. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

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 Yet, amidst all the political cauldron that might engulf Kumbh this year, Kinnars - a transgender community in India — have for the first received recognition within the domain of religious practice during this mega gathering. (Image: Reuters)

Yet, amidst all the political cauldron that might engulf Kumbh this year, Kinnars - a transgender community in India — have for the first received recognition within the domain of religious practice during this mega gathering. (Image: Reuters)

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 This group of richly dressed Hindu saints are “the oldest ethnic transgender community in the world with its own religious beliefs.” (Image: Reuters)

This group of richly dressed Hindu saints are “the oldest ethnic transgender community in the world with its own religious beliefs.” (Image: Reuters)

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 Earlier this week, Kinnars, also known as Hijras who can be Trans, intersex, or eunuchs, took their very first Devatva Yatra on the streets of Prayagraj. (Image: Reuters)

Earlier this week, Kinnars, also known as Hijras who can be Trans, intersex, or eunuchs, took their very first Devatva Yatra on the streets of Prayagraj. (Image: Reuters)

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 There are various vendors peddling their food on cycles. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

There are various vendors peddling their food on cycles. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

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 Thousands of sanitary workers and garbage compactors will help Prayagraj Mela Authority achieve the government’s target of organising a ‘Swachh’ Kumbh this year. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

Thousands of sanitary workers and garbage compactors will help Prayagraj Mela Authority achieve the government’s target of organising a ‘Swachh’ Kumbh this year. (Image: News18/Sheikh Saaliq)

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 Divided into 950 teams, this battery of an estimated 11,400 people has been tasked to clean the offices of various organisations, the ghats, camps and other public utilities, apart from the roads that lead to Sangam. (Image: Reuters)

Divided into 950 teams, this battery of an estimated 11,400 people has been tasked to clean the offices of various organisations, the ghats, camps and other public utilities, apart from the roads that lead to Sangam. (Image: Reuters)

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 These foot soldiers — men and women — away from the societal barriers and the media blitzkrieg that has taken over the congregation, are making sure the ‘world’s largest religious gathering’ remains garbage free. (Image: Reuters)

These foot soldiers — men and women — away from the societal barriers and the media blitzkrieg that has taken over the congregation, are making sure the ‘world’s largest religious gathering’ remains garbage free. (Image: Reuters)

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