The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 ended on Monday, with 1.10 crore devotees taking a dip in the Sangam city river joint – and such a huge crowd booked a place for this year’s mega Kumbh in the Guinness Book of World Records for three categories – largest crowd management, largest sanitation drive and largest painting exercise of public sites.
As the evening went down on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, the number of devotees from all around the country took part in the bathing dip ceremony for the last day of the one-and-a-half-month-long Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. As per official records, as many as 1.10 crore devotees had taken dip in the Sangam area on Monday – totalling up to a footprint of more than 24.05 crore people throughout the 45 days of Kumbh mega festival being held since 12 years no, and is one of the largest religious gathering in the world.
A team of three officials from the Guinness World Records had visited the festival during it was on, and had observed the festival for four days – from February 28 to March 3. After completion of the observation, they announced that the Kumbh booked itself a place in Guinness Book of World Records for three reasons. First, for the largest crowd management – which was concluded when 503 shuttle buses were pressed into service on the highway in one go for the team on February 28. Second was for largest sanitation drive – when 10,000 workers engaged in cleaning at the Kumbh.
Both these factors also demonstrates the traffic plan and crowd management that worked very well during the gathering with 20,000 police personnel being deployed. And then for the largest painting exercise of public sites when a huge number of people had participated in painting on March 1. With these three main reasons, the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 that concluded on March 4, secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.