The Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Lakhs and lakhs of devotees attend it. The ongoing Mahakumbh Mela in Haridwar has a new attraction – the world’s largest oil lamp. This lamp was lit in Kumbh Mela’s Astha Path.
Haridwar’s District Magistrate and Kumb Mela official, Deepak Rawat, inaugurated the lamp and dedicated it to the corona warriors. He further added that the lamp will serve as an inspiration for everyone during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The lamp has a capacity of 2,247 litres and it is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, the official Twitter handle of Haridwar Mahakumbh 2021 posted on Twitter. Despite the surge in the COVID-19 cases, the faith of devotees remain undeterred as around 6 lakh peoplehave arrived in Haridwar for ‘Baisakhi snan’, which is believed to be the biggest of all four shahi snan and 11 snan of Kumbh combined. A total of four ‘Shahi Snan’ and nine ‘Ganga Snan’ will take place at Haridwar this year. These ‘snans’ (bath) are a part of the festivities of Kumbh Mela that begunin Haridwar from April 1 and will be continued till April 30.
In India, Kumbh Mela is organized at four different locations including Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj, and Ujjain. The Kumbh Mela, which is considered sacred by Hindu saints, continues for nearly three months. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration of the congregation has been curtailed to 30 days only.