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At least 7.49 crore devotees have taken the dip in the waters of Sangam in Prayagraj till Sunday since the beginning of the 49-day Kumbh Mela from January 15, the Uttar Pradesh government has said. A report said that on the first day of the Kumbh Mela, which began with the first of the three Shahi Snans of Makar Sankranti, 2.25 crore people bathed in the Sangam. (Sheeraz Rizvi / HT File)

Uttarakhand govt asks Centre for 20,000 additional Covid vaccines for Kumbh Mela

ANI, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:18 PM IST
The state Covid-19 Control Room chief Dr Abhishek Tripathi informed that the state government has sent a proposal to the Centre in this regard.
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Police personnel deployed at Har ki Pairi can also be asked to wear shoes and belts made of material other than leather
Police personnel deployed at Har ki Pairi can also be asked to wear shoes and belts made of material other than leather

40 companies of central paramilitary forces to be deployed for Kumbh in Haridwar

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Haridwar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:50 PM IST
The Centre has given its approval for the deployment of 40 companies of paramilitary forces, including seven companies each of the SSB and the CISF, six of the ITBP, 10 each of BSF and CRPF, for the Kumbh mela, Inspector General of Police Sanjay Gunjyal said.
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Pilgrims gather on the banks of the Ganga at the Gangasagar, some 55km south of Kolkata.(REUTERS FILE)
Pilgrims gather on the banks of the Ganga at the Gangasagar, some 55km south of Kolkata.(REUTERS FILE)

With masks, sanitisers and Covid tests, Bengal readies for Ganga Sagar Mela

By HT Correspondent | Kolktata, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 12:06 PM IST
Suspected Covid-19 pilgrims would be tested at various check-points, starting from Kolkata. Wrist bands would be provided to pilgrims who undergo Covid-19 tests for easy identification and their health would be monitored.
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Mahakumbh prep is also ushering in development, infrastructural projects, amenities and facilities both on a permanent and temporary basis.(HT Photo)
Mahakumbh prep is also ushering in development, infrastructural projects, amenities and facilities both on a permanent and temporary basis.(HT Photo)

Mahakumbh 2021 prep is changing face of Haridwar, here’s how

By Sandeep Rawat | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:09 PM IST
In a first, this Mahakumbh will witness temples, ashrams, dharamshalas, hotels in Haridwar coloured in saffron and yellow colors.
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File photo: Haridwar, Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)
File photo: Haridwar, Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)

Uttarakhand HC directs state govt to file affidavit on Covid-19 preparedness for Mahakumbh 2021

By Neeraj Santoshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:32 PM IST
Officially, Mahakumbh will begin from January 1, 2021 and conclude on April 28.
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An ashram building being given saffron colour as part of one colour code for buildings at Har-Ki-Pauri for Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT Photo)
An ashram building being given saffron colour as part of one colour code for buildings at Har-Ki-Pauri for Mahakumbh in Haridwar.(HT Photo)

Haridwar temples, shrines to don saffron look for Mahakumbh 2021

By Sandeep Rawat | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 04:18 PM IST
Saffron and yellow colours will be used across the Kumbh mela zone in and around Har-Ki-Pauri area in Haridwar.
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Ahead of Haridwar Kumbh 2021, Upper Ganga Canal to close for repairs in Haridwar(Twitter/mehranzaidi)
Ahead of Haridwar Kumbh 2021, Upper Ganga Canal to close for repairs in Haridwar(Twitter/mehranzaidi)

Ahead of Kumbh 2021, Upper Ganga Canal to close for repairs in Haridwar

By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India]
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh government issues orders for the closure of the Upper Ganga Canal from the midnight of October 15 to midnight of November 15 for repair and maintenance work ahead of Haridwar Kumbh 2021
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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said he had discussed the matter with saints and seers and they were in agreement with the idea of reducing the scale of the event numerically owing to the coronavirus pandemic.(ANI)
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said he had discussed the matter with saints and seers and they were in agreement with the idea of reducing the scale of the event numerically owing to the coronavirus pandemic.(ANI)

CM Rawat says Haridwar Kumbh will be numerically restricted, entry passes to be issued

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Dehradun
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 02:27 PM IST
It will be for the first time in the history of Kumbh Mela that passes will be issued to devotees for entry to the religious congregation, arguably the largest of its kind in the world.
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The Ganga Sagar mela, which is held on the island every year in mid-January, is the second-largest congregation of Hindu pilgrims in the country after the Kumbh Mela.(HT Photo)
The Ganga Sagar mela, which is held on the island every year in mid-January, is the second-largest congregation of Hindu pilgrims in the country after the Kumbh Mela.(HT Photo)

Govt authorities feed hundreds of stray dogs, cows as pilgrims fail to turn up at Ganga Sagar

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 05:00 PM IST
Not a single pilgrim or tourist has visited the island since March 25, according to the South 24 Parganas district authorities, which have taken upon themselves to feed the vagabond animals.
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A display board put up near the Niranjani Akhada gate in Haridwar inviting pilgrims for Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)
A display board put up near the Niranjani Akhada gate in Haridwar inviting pilgrims for Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar.(HT PHOTO.)

Mahakumbh 2021 may not see mass participation owing to Covid-19: Akhada Parishad

By Sandeep Rawat | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Haridwar
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 05:21 PM IST
To ensure hassle-free hosting of the Mahakumbh Mela, Akhada Parishad will also organise a three-day major worship ritual across the country from June 21.
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(File photo)
(File photo)

On Ramdev’s cue, Naga sadhus pledge to give up clay pipes

By Smriti Malaviya | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2020 05:41 AM IST
The warrior ascetics took the decision after Ramdev gave the example of many Hindu deities who stayed away from all vices, including smoking, when they took a human form.
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Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad extended support to Swami Chinmayanand and offered legal support to him for contesting the rape case(HT Photo/ Rameshwar Gaur)
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad extended support to Swami Chinmayanand and offered legal support to him for contesting the rape case(HT Photo/ Rameshwar Gaur)

Akhada Parishad wants ‘Big Boss’ stopped; backs Chinmayanand

By Kenneth John | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2019 10:50 PM IST
The Parishad, in its meeting held in Haridwar on Thursday to discuss preparations for the forthcoming Haridwar Kumbh-2021, also unanimously decided to extend all support to Swami Chinmayanand, presently facing charges of raping a law student.
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Banks of River Ganga filled with garbage at Sangam after the devotees left the river polluted during the Kumbh Mela festival in Prayagraj.(HT File Photo)
Banks of River Ganga filled with garbage at Sangam after the devotees left the river polluted during the Kumbh Mela festival in Prayagraj.(HT File Photo)

Ganga water unfit for bathing, says UP Pollution Control Board report

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2019 12:11 PM IST
UPPCB records revealed that the second highest bacteria level was measured in Ganga, in Varanasi, while the third highest level of the two bacteria was recorded at a bathing ghat near Jajmau bridge, in Kanpur.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the law and order problem in the state has been addressed properly.(PTI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the law and order problem in the state has been addressed properly.(PTI)

‘Kumbh Mela, LS polls, Pravasi Diwas…’ Adityanath lists his successes

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 03:18 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath counted maintaining law and order in the state as his major achievement.
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DGP Singh single-handedly commands the largest police force in the world.(HT FILE)
DGP Singh single-handedly commands the largest police force in the world.(HT FILE)

‘We put fear of law into hearts of criminals’: UP DGP OP Singh

By Shishir Gupta | Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 05:47 AM IST
UP Police took stock of the situation and decided to mount a very aggressive posture towards criminals and gangs.
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The tourism department, in association with private companies, plans to launch a helicopter service for tourists in Lucknow by October.(HT Photo)
The tourism department, in association with private companies, plans to launch a helicopter service for tourists in Lucknow by October.(HT Photo)

Soon, you can explore Lucknow by helicopter

By Anupam Srivastava | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 04:06 PM IST
The service would be operated by private companies and the department of tourism would keep a check on ticket rates
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Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt spotted in Varanasi.(Instagram)
Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt spotted in Varanasi.(Instagram)

Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt visit Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, pose for photos together

UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 03:57 PM IST
Fresh pictures have appeared online showing Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in Varanasi, who are in the city for a shoot of Brahmastra. See the pictures here.
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Devotees bathing at Sangam during MakarSankranti during the Kumbh mela, 2019.(HT File)
Devotees bathing at Sangam during MakarSankranti during the Kumbh mela, 2019.(HT File)

A record over 24 crore people visited Kumbh-2019, more than total tourists in UP in 2014-17

By Kenneth John | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2019 10:16 AM IST
The Kumbh 2019 visitors included 10.30 lakh foreign tourists. The Maha Kumbh Mela held in 2013 had seen 7.86 crore pilgrims, including 3.50 lakh foreign tourists, arriving here.
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Organised for the national and international audience with an unprecedented global branding, Rs 4200-crore Kumbh extravaganza was actually the beginning of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) poll campaign.(HT Photo)
Organised for the national and international audience with an unprecedented global branding, Rs 4200-crore Kumbh extravaganza was actually the beginning of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) poll campaign.(HT Photo)

Divya Kumbh: A poll vehicle to ferry BJP back to power?

By K Sandeep Kumar | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2019 03:07 PM IST
In almost all his election rallies across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been mentioning the successful conduct of Kumbh-2019 in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj.
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Solid waste being burnt at Parade Ground near Sangam in Prayagraj.(HT Photo)
Solid waste being burnt at Parade Ground near Sangam in Prayagraj.(HT Photo)

NGT alarmed at post-Kumbh mess in Prayragraj, warns of epidemic

By Kenneth John | Prayagraj
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 08:59 AM IST
The green court pulled up the UP chief secretary for severe lapses in letting the situation in Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad, to come to such a pass and instructed the officer to appear before it on Friday.
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The NGT report predicted a rise in cases of acute diarrhoea, enteric fever, viral hepatitis and cholera. The tribunal said groundwater too had been polluted.(HT PHOTO)
The NGT report predicted a rise in cases of acute diarrhoea, enteric fever, viral hepatitis and cholera. The tribunal said groundwater too had been polluted.(HT PHOTO)

Alarmed at post-Kumbh mess in Prayagraj, NGT warns of epidemic

By Kenneth John | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 10:41 PM IST
The tribunal had appointed a committee to see to it that the Ganga did not get polluted further during the Kumbh Mela. The present order of the NGT is based on this committee’s report.
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Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narendra Giri(HT)
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narendra Giri(HT)

Interview| Sadhvi Pragya no seer, misusing saffron: ABAP president

By Kenneth John | Hindustan Times, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2019 09:54 AM IST
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narendra Giri called Sadhvi Pragya a self-appointed seer, who was using saffron robes for her own gain
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Ranbir Kapoor in a test look for the film Brahmastra.
Ranbir Kapoor in a test look for the film Brahmastra.

Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra character will remind you of this Fantastic Four member, new details suggest

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2019 04:13 PM IST
Reports suggest that everyone in Brahmastra will have some superpower and Ranbir Kapoor’s character will have the power to unleash fire from his palms.
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Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt star in Ayan Mukherji’s Brahmastra.(Instagram)
Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt star in Ayan Mukherji’s Brahmastra.(Instagram)

Alia Bhatt on Brahmastra: ‘It could put us on a global pedestal, there’s immense faith in Ayan’s vision’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 11:21 AM IST
Alia Bhatt has said that she has immense faith in Ayan Mukerji’s vision in Brahmastra and says that the film isn’t just a superhero film, it is a ‘mystical fantasy drama’.
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A Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata.(HT PHOTO/Representative image)
A Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata.(HT PHOTO/Representative image)

Kolkata’s Durga Puja nominated for Unesco list

By Vanita Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2019 07:32 AM IST
India currently has 13 cultural traditions under the UNESCO list.
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Thirty-eight-year-old Goongi Devi, who got separated from her family in the recently concluded Kumbh Mela, has been living at a protection home here for a month-and-a-half in the hope that she will be reunited with her kin soon.
Thirty-eight-year-old Goongi Devi, who got separated from her family in the recently concluded Kumbh Mela, has been living at a protection home here for a month-and-a-half in the hope that she will be reunited with her kin soon.

Lost in Kumbh, this speech-impaired woman is waiting to be found

By Smriti Malaviya | Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2019 11:46 PM IST
Illiterate and speech-impaired, she has not been able to share any details about her family, except that she has three sons.
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Thousands of pilgrims take a ritualistic dip at the Sangam, during the Kumbh.(AP File Photo)
Thousands of pilgrims take a ritualistic dip at the Sangam, during the Kumbh.(AP File Photo)

Pollution watchdog suggests Kumbh example to clean up Yamuna water

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2019 08:30 AM IST
Even though only 2% of the Yamuna flows through Delhi between Wazirabad and Okhla, the city contributes nearly 76% of the total pollution load in the river.
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that as compared to 2013, Kumbh 2019 had witnessed twice the number of devotees.(PTI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that as compared to 2013, Kumbh 2019 had witnessed twice the number of devotees.(PTI)

Established Kumbh as a cultural heritage in UNESCO: UP CM Adityanath

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 10:09 PM IST
CM Yogi Adityanath said, “This time, 3200 non-resident Indians from 70 countries bathed in Kumbh. More than 15 High Court judges including governors, and chief ministers also reached Kumbh.
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Ayan Mukherji posted a new picture from the sets of Brahmastra on Instagram.(Instagram)
Ayan Mukherji posted a new picture from the sets of Brahmastra on Instagram.(Instagram)

Brahmastra: Ranbir Kapoor plays Shiva, an artist and a soldier in Ayan Mukerji film

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 10:03 AM IST
In a new Instagram post, Brahmastra director Ayan Mukherji describes how Ranbir Kapoor has been part of the Brahmastra-making process, right from its inception. He also shared what the actor will be seen as onscreen.
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Ramdev, the founder of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, on Friday accused FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) of plundering Indian market, hitting out at the company over an advertisement of its branded tea “Red Label”.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Ramdev, the founder of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, on Friday accused FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) of plundering Indian market, hitting out at the company over an advertisement of its branded tea “Red Label”.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

‘Is India merely a market to be plundered?’: Ramdev hits out at HUL over tea ad

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 08:34 AM IST
Ramdev, the founder of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, on Friday accused FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) of plundering Indian market, hitting out at the company over an advertisement of its branded tea “Red Label”.
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