'Shahi snan' account for over 50% Kumbh pilgrims

The three 'shahi snan' held during the ongoing Kumbh accounted for more than 50 per cent of the total pilgrims and visitors to the Sangam city, according to the Mela administration.

It said, so far over 16.44 crore people have taken a dip during the Kumbh, the largest congregation in the world.

Of these, more than 9 crore people have taken a dip on the three 'shahi snan' -- 'Makar Sankranti' on January 15 (2.25 crore); 'Mauni Amawasya' on February 4 (5.50 crore); and 'Basant Panchami' on February 10 (1.50 crore), the administration said.

On 'Paush Poornima' on January 21, 1.07 crore pilgrims had taken a dip in Sangam area, but that did not fall under the category of 'shahi snan'.

According to a booklet published by the UP Information department, the number of pilgrims visiting the Kumbh was initially estimated to be 12 crore.