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Kumbh enters Guinness Book of World Records

Posted on: March 4, 2019

Prayagraj: Pilgrims in large numbers arrive at Sangam to take a holy dip at the trinity of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, on the occasion of "Maghi Purnima" during Kumbh Mela, in Prayagraj, on Feb 19, 2019. (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has secured place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest crowd management, largest sanitation drive and largest painting exercise of public sites, the government said here on Sunday.

"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.

The festival, which began on January 14, will conclude 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.

--- Indo-Asian News Service

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