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Proud Moment For India As Kumbh Mela 2019 Enters In Guinness Book Of World Records

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| March 4 , 2019 , 16:18 IST

The mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith, Kumbh Mela 2019 has been named in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest crowd management, largest sanitation drive and largest painting exercise of public sites, said the government on Sunday in New Delhi. 

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 won the third Guinness world record for the world’s biggest sanitation and waste disposal mechanism.

India’s Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj district in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh has been considered the world’s largest religious gathering, which is estimated to be attended by over 120 million people.

The other large religious congregations include annual Islamic pilgrimage called Hajj in Saudi Arabia which was attended by 2.4 million people last year.

The second world record is for the painting exercise conducted on March 1 under the Paint My City Scheme and the third world record is for biggest collective cleaning exercise as more than 10,000 sanitation workers engaged in the cleaning work at Prayagraj Kumba Mela simultaneously.

A three-member team from the Guinness World Records visited Prayagraj for the purpose. Exercises at a large-scale were performed before the team for four days, from February 28 to March 3.

Around 503 shuttle buses were pressed into service on the highway in one go for the team on February 28. Several people participated in a painting exercise on March 1 and 10,000 workers engaged in cleaning at the Kumbh, all performing their duties together, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement.

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The festival, which began on January 14 and concluded on March 4 with the sixth and final “Shahi Snan” (royal bath) on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.

The previous five royal baths were held successfully with more than 22 crore pilgrims taking holy dips, the Ministry said.

One of the largest religious events in India, Ardha Kumbha Mela, is scheduled to kick-start on January 15, 2019, and end on Mahashivratri which is on March 4, in Prayagraj. 12-14 crore pilgrims are expected to come over 49 days.

'Kumbh’ literally means nectar. The story behind the mela goes back to the time when the gods (devas) used to reside on earth. Sage Durvasa’s curse had weakened them, and the asuras (demons) caused havoc in the world.

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Kumbh Mela participated in Guinness World Records is a proud thing for India. Thank you for sharing this great article. fnaf