Scores of devotees from across the country took a holy dip at Sangam Ghat on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in Kumbh Mela here today. Makara Sankranti or Maghi, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya.
The day marks the first day of sun’s transit into the Makara, marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. According to local authorities, approximately 1 lakh 17 thousand people offered prayers to Akshay Vat, a sacred fig tree mentioned in the Hindu mythology in Prayagraj.
In the wake of Kumbh Mela, the local police is keeping a strong vigil and monitoring the regions adjoining the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries.