Chill, fog keep Kumbh devotees at bay on Basant Panchami
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 21:50
  
Haridwar: Bone-chilling cold wave coupled with heavy fog on Wednesday played a dampener at the Maha Kumbh here with only a few thousand devotees taking the holy bath on the occasion of Basant Panchami, the third auspicious day in the three-month-long holy congregation.

The main bathing ghat of 'Har Ki Pauri' wore an almost deserted look during the morning hours and witnessed activity only after noon when the sun's rays cut through the fog blanket.

Even the kite enthusiasts who confined themselves to their houses initially came out only after the chilly wind subsided. The scene after that was of a blue clear sky alive with multi-coloured kites -- huge and small.

The 'ghats' were almost empty early morning with security personnel seen more in number than the devotees.

Basant Panchmi marks the beginning of spring and is also a day dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning. The day is celebrated by taking a dip in rivers and flying kites.

The Kumbh mela administration, which had expected a much bigger turnout especially those from states having agriculture as their mainstay, and nearby areas, attributed the turnout to the cold snap.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 21:50


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