Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday, 17 January, released two satellite images of the key areas of the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj.
The images were released by ISRO’s Cartosat-2 series satellite that was launched on-board PSLV-C40 on 12 Janaury 2018. The images show the ‘in and around’ areas of the Kumbh Mela. The black-and-white images mark the key areas of the Allahabad Fort, Triveni Sangam and the New Yamuna Bridge.
The Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, saw more than two crore devotees attending the event and taking Shahi Snan (holy dip) at the Triveni Sangam – the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers and the mythical Saraswati.
The 49-day-long mega event that commenced on 15 January, is sprawled across a 45-km area. The UP government also announced a budget of approximately Rs 2,800 crore for the event, making it one of the most expensive religious congregations in the state.
This is the second time ISRO released photos from its Cartosat-2 satellite, claims a Times of India report.
Kumbh Mela 2019 with modern amenities and security
Special train facilities
With less than 2 days to go for the first Shahi Snan, Prayagraj is lit up like Diwali for the 2019 Kumbh Mela. the first Shahi Snan will witness unprecedented crowds coming in from across the country. More than 15 crore people are expected this time for the Kumbh Mela.
North Indian vegetarian meals will be served to Pravasi Bharatiya Divas delegates travelling to Delhi from Allahabad on board special trains on January 24 after attending the Kumbh Mela in the Uttar Pradesh city.
A high-level committee consisting of officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Uttar Pradesh government and the railways made this decision.
The government has constituted the committee to decide on the logistics around the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being held at Varanasi, represented in the Lok Sabha by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from January 21-23.
India’s one of the biggest religious congregations—Kumbh Mela—is going to be a perfect platform for promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious scheme—Swachh Bharat!
For the visitors of Mela, the administration has put up 1.22 lakh toilets in line with the theme of ‘Swachh Kumbh, Surakshit Kumbh.’ The Mela, which begins on January 14 to conclude on March 4, attracts lakhs of devotees from across the country and many from other foreign countries.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ‘Sanitation Matters,’ which links sanitation with public health, has culminated in the ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’ goal of SDG-2030, and is now reflected in the Kumbh Mela preparations as well.
On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said: “The theme ‘Swachh Kumbh, Surakshit Kumbh’ is appropriate enough, a message which the ‘Kumbh’ can send to the world.”
A food hub has been set up at Kumbh Mela area offering special cuisines from different states of India.
Expecting that people from all parts of the country and the world would be visiting this unique congregation at the banks of river Ganga, Yamuna and the mystic Saraswati, the administration has also ensured offering of a wide variety of cuisines catering to all different individuals.
Since ages, there has been a tradition of providing food to crores of pilgrims thronging the Kumbh. While the visitors staying at premises of different religious organisations are often provided food within the facility, many also carry utensils and other necessary items to cook and eat.
15 high-tech lost and found
While many Bollywood flicks have made Kumbh synonymous with lost and found cases, the administration this year is all geared to take such incidents to happy conclusions.
The government has made the extra effort by digitalising the service of lost and found.
The Mela authority along with the police department is establishing 15 high-tech lost and found registration centres across the Mela area.
These centres will cater to the lost pilgrims, helping them to reunite with their friends and family