Devotees throng to take holy dip in 'sangam'

Allahabad (UP): Braving chilly weather, lakhs of devotees on Monday thronged the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical river Saraswati here on the auspicious occasion of 'Mauni Amavasya'.

People from nearby villages as well as far-off places in the country had started pouring in since last night to take holy dip in the 'sangam' on the occasion, which was rendered more special this year on account of the no-moon day coinciding with a Monday.

Tight security arrangements were in place in the sprawling landscape around the 'sangam' where the annual religious congregation of 'magh mela' is also underway.

Local police assisted by Provincial Armed Constabulary, in addition to personnel from Anti-Terrorist Squad and Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh police kept a round-the-clock vigil as devotees went on with their ritual bathing.

Entry of vehicles into the area around the 'sangam' had been suspended since yesterday afternoon which resulted in traffic snarls at various areas across the city.