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Seven lakh take dip on last 'snan' of Mahakumbh

About 7 lakh pilgrims on Wednesday took a holy dip in the river Ganga on the last major 'snan' (bath) during the ongoing Mahakumbh.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2010 16:51 IST

About 7 lakh pilgrims on Wednesday took a holy dip in the river Ganga on the last major 'snan' (bath) during the ongoing Mahakumbh.

Seven lakh pilgrims have so far taken bath in the river Ganga on the occasion of Baishakh Adhimas Purnima, Superintendent of Police Kumbh Mela Ajay Joshi said.

Amid elaborate security arrangements, sadhus and seers belonging to all the 13 'akharas' reached Brahmkund of Har-Ki-Pauri.

Traditionally sadhus of only Bairagi (Vaishnav) 'akharas' take bath on Baishakh Purnima, but this time representatives of all the 13 'akharas' together took the holy dip, President of All India Akhara Parishad Mahant Gyan Das said.

Considering huge rush of pilgrims for the last major bath, traffic regulations have been put in place. While heavy vehicles were not allowed to enter Haridwar, Har-Ki-Pauri has also been declared as "zero zone" for vehicular traffic.

According to officials, over 5 crore pilgrims have so far attended the Mahakumbh, the largest religious congregation.

The three-month-long Mahakumbh culminates on April 30.