Ujjain (MP) | Braving scorching heat, a multitude of sadhus along with their disciples chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ took ‘shahi snan’ (royal bath) at Ramghat in Shipra river here this noon on the opening day of the month-long Simhastha-Kumbh mela.
People drawn from different parts of the country and abroad are taking part in the Kumbh mela, one of the largest congregations of Hindus, which for the first time is witnessing the participation of the transgenders, who have put up an Akhara (temporary monastery) and announced to take a holy dip at the Gandharav Ghat of Shipra on May 9.
I am overwhelmed to be part of this awesome human gathering. I came here since yesterday, George Sauuahq, a Frenchman said.
He said that he has come to India with a group of 12 persons from Paris. We made a point to stand witness to this mega event after coming to know about it, he said as he scrambled to shoot photos of the sadhus in different hues and attires at Ramghat.
Wheelchair-bound Tervani Devi (76) and her husband Durga Prasad (82) came to Shipra, that has been revived by pumping in the Narmada water, for the occasion, to take a holy dip, all the way from Hyderabad.
Tervani said that she was delighted after taking the royal bath. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh also took a bath at Gaughat on the opening day of the Simhastha. At around 8.15 AM a stampede like situation was witnessed at Chhoti Pool area at the entrance of Ramghat when large number of seers in processions descended for the royal bath.
However, the situation was brought under control by the authorities swiftly.
Bada Udasin Akhara Pontiff Raghu Muni Maharaj along with others squatted at Ramghat for a while and protested against the vehicular traffic in the mela area.
He said that the vehicular traffic was obstructing seers’ way to the ghat. However, he lifted his protest after government officials intervene.