Prayagraj: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the Prime Minister of Mauritius who came to India in 2013 went without taking a holy dip at Sangam due to the pollution, filth and foul smell that prevailed in the river.
"In 2013 Mauritius Prime Minister came in India to take a holy dip but saw pollution, filth, foul smell and the mismanagement went back without taking a dip in Ganga and paid obeisance from a distance," he said.
While addressing press-conference on the conclusion of the Kumbh Mela 2019 on Tuesday, Yogi Adityanath said Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth who visited Kumbh this time "could not stop himself and took a dip in the river".
He said that the state of the river has improved significantly due to the efforts of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government and the state government. He also said that more than 3,200 Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) witnessed the Kumbh Mela and for the first time Ambassadors from 70 countries came for Kumbh.
"More than 3,200 NRIs took part in Kumbh, and for the first time Ambassadors of 70 countries came to attend the Kumbh Mela 2 019, which is an achievement in itself," said Adityanath.
Kumbh Mela is the largest human congregation in the world, pilgrims participate in the festival with the belief that taking a dip in the holy water of Ganges River will pave the way for their salvation and would rid them of their sins. The 55-day long Kumbh Mela ended on 4 March.
Updated Date: Mar 06, 2019 16:44:06 IST