Braving sporadic heavy rain, lakhs of pilgrims took a holy dip during the second `shahi snan` (royal bath) at the ongoing Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Nashik-Trimbakeshwar here since Sunday morning, officials said.
Ahead of the first 'Shahi Snan' (royal bath) scheduled for August 29, a conventional flag hoisting ceremony of three Vaishnavite akhadas was held on Wednesday at 'Sadhu Gram' in Nashik, which is hosting the Kumbh Mela along with Trimbakeshwar.
The Bombay High Court has asked Maharashtra government to declare within a week what steps it would take to make the Godavari river in Nashik, where Kumbh Mela starts next month, pollution-free and its water fit for drinking.
As many as 550 CCTV cameras will be installed for security purpose in Trimbakeshwar and Nashik city for the forthcoming Kumbh mela, where over eight crore devotees are likely to arrive, a Maharashtra Home department official said.
The Maharashtra government is gearing up to receive over 10 million pilgrims for the 2015 Kumbh Mela, scheduled after 12 years in the small temple towns of Nashik-Trimbakeshwar, around 175 km north of Mumbai.