The first 'shahi snan' of the ongoing Kumbh Mela began in Nashik on Saturday with thousands of devotees, including 'mahants' of various akhadas or sects, thronging the ghats of River Godavari to take the holy dip.
A day after the century's first 'Nabakalebar' Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath commenced here, thousands of devotees had darshan of the new idols of the three deities as their chariots stood in front of Gundicha Temple here on Sunday.
The row over touching the idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra continued as the Daitapati priests opposed on Tuesday the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration's decision of not allowing devotees to climb the bathing podium on the Snan Purnima Day (bathing rituals) scheduled to be held on June 2.
Devotees Friday paid homage at the memorials of Aurobindo and The Mother (Mira Alfassa) here on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the arrival of the Mother to carry out spiritual experiments in collaboration with Aurobindo.
With the Narendra Modi government moving toward cleaning India`s rivers, including the sacred Ganga and its tributary, the Yamuna, authorities are worried that coming religious festivals might just aggravate the river`s pollution.