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Kumbha Mela at T. Narasipur from February 4

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, JAN. 12. The Kumbha Mela of Allahabad and Nasik is all set to be replicated at T. Narsipur as lakhs of devotees are expected to congregate and take a holy dip in the confluence of three rivers from February 4 to 6.

A slice of ancient India will unfold as ochre-clad sadhus will join people to take a dip in the confluence of the Cauvery, the Kapila, and the celestial "Spatika Sarovar".

The Kumbha Mela of T. Narsipur is of recent origin and the event occurs once in three years. Organised by the Kumbha Mela Trust under the auspices of senior pontiffs and religious leaders of the State, the congregation is expected to underline the concept of unity in diversity.

The mahurtha for the "Punya Snana" (holy dip) is on February 6 between 7.17 a.m. and 8.15 a.m. (Kumbha Lagna) and from 12.23 p.m. to 1.10 p.m. (Abhijanmahurtha).

The event will be marked by Ganapathi Homa, Abhisheka, and Kalashadhivasa, apart from various cultural programmes.

Addressing a press conference here, the Minister for Cooperation and district in-charge, H. Vishwanath, Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, MP, Balagangadharnath Swamiji of Adichuchunagiri Math, Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Math, and members of the trust said the event would help promote unity and religious harmony.

Sri Balagangadharnath Swamiji and Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji said the key event of the Kumbha Mela would be the holy dip at the confluence of the three rivers. Religious discourses and special rituals and prayers for universal peace and prosperity would be held, they added.

Mr. Vishwanath responded positively to a suggestion by the Suttur Math seer that the mela should be projected as a State event.

The seer revealed that about five lakh devotees from across the State and the country were expected to congregate for the Kumbha Mela.

Meanwhile, authorities are working overtime to provide medical facilities and civic amenities, including drinking water and toilet facilities, to the devotees.

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