World’s largest religious congregation Sinhastha Kumbh Mela has begun at Trimbakeshwar, Nashik district of Maharashtra.
The traditional religious ceremony began with flag hoisting ceremony and was followed by holy dip in Godavari River at Trimbakeshwar and Nashik by thousands of people.
The ceremony was presided by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Trimbakeshwar while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presided over the ceremony at Nashik.
Sinhastha Kumbh Mela is once-in-a-12 year event which is marked by participation of ‘sadhus’ from different denominations (known as akhadas) and lakhs of devotees.
The religious congregation will be two months event in which more than 10 crore pilgrims and sadhus across the world are expected to take the holy dip in Godavari River in belief to wash away their sins. The number of pilgrims at the various ghats will see a massive rise during Shahi Snan (royal bath) which will take place on 29th, 13th, 18th August and 25th September.
Maharashtra government has made elaborate for this religious congregation which includes security arrangements with the help of CCTV cameras, community radio services, loudspeakers, and helplines for pilgrims.