Every 12 years, the location of the event rotates between four spots - Prayag in Uttar Pradesh, Haridwar in Uttarakhand, Nashik in Maharashtra and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
Flights ferry COVID-19 vaccine to 13 cities ahead of roll out on 16 Jan; preparations on track, says health ministry
India on Tuesday recorded 12,584 new cases of coronavirus, the lowest in around seven months, taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to1,04,79,179, as per the Union health ministry's morning update
Need to convert COVID-19 into opportunity; restart highways construction on war footing: Nitin Gadkari
In a video-conference, Gadkari, the road transport, highways and MSME minister said talks are on with state governments for facilitating the safe return of migrant labourers, an estimated 20 lakh of whom are in shelters pan-India.
Every year, on the day of Makar Sankranti, when the sun makes a transition from Sagittarius to Capricorn, hundreds of thousands of Hindus make the pilgrimage to the Sagar Island to take a holy dip in the river Ganga and offer prayers at the Kapil Muni Temple.
Mamata Banerjee accuses Centre of withholding financial assistance from West Bengal's Gangasagar Mela, but granting funds to Kumbh Mela
'Gangasagar Mela is at par with the Kumbh Mela. The Centre provides funds for Kumbh Mela but does not extend financial assistance for Gangasagar', said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee
Rahul Mehrotra on how architecture is being divorced from social context, why we should revise definition of urbanity
In a masterclass at the India Culture Lab, Rahul Mehrotra held forth on the limited definition of urban in India, how architecture is being dictated more by aesthetics than utility and why we should build to foster empathy
Water resources minister urges every corporate to adopt one water body each for water security, rejuvenation
The government is taking various steps to ensure water security for all.
Firstpost Editor's Picks: Karnataka political crisis, AAP's push for Bhojpuri, Kadaram Kondan review; today's must-read stories
Karnataka Speaker's partisan stance, AAP's push for Bhojpuri, Kinnar community at the Kumbh Mela; today's must-read stories.
After centuries of ostracism, the Kinnar community’s challenge to the Hindu establishment at the Kumbh Mela reached fruition when they became part of the Juna Akhara at Prayag. The Kinnars — trans and intersex people and hijras — performed the Aghori Puja and took holy dips
BJP's blatantly discriminatory policies have brought Unnao's leather industry to its knees, but no candidate acknowledges it
Forced to close down in November for the Kumbh Mela, ostensibly to prevent pollution in the Ganga from waste from the tanneries, the centres are still shut.
In Uttar Pradesh's Chitrakoot, govt's strong push for religious tourism fails to address travellers’ concerns
In March this year, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath decided to allocate upwards of Rs. 720 crores towards strengthening the infrastructure for tourism in places of note as per the Hindu faith.
The numerous dams limiting the flow of the Ganga and its tributaries, as well as the massive extraction of water from the river, makes the aspiration of a free flowing river a distant dream.
Clean Kumbh, dirty Ganga: River's transformation during Mela was 'event management', not sustainable solution
At the Kumbh Mela this year, the Ganga ran clean, but it was the result of temporary solution — not enough to keep the river basin pollution free, and one that only concealed the problem
Seeing cleanliness at Kumbh, Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth 'couldn't stop himself' from taking dip in Ganga: Yogi Adityanath
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"
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had felicitated sanitation workers who ensured cleanliness during the Kumbh recently by washing their feet. He also interacted with the sanitation workers, describing them as "real karma-yogis" whose contributions are being lauded all over
Three Guinness world records, 24.05 cr devotees, 20,000 cops: 2019 Kumbh Mela was a mammoth feat of numbers
The Sangam, which is the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati river, was witness to a feat of numbers as the Kumbh Mela broke world records and saw more than 24.05 crore devotees take a dip during the festival.
Kumbh 2019: More than 1 crore devotees take holy dip in Sangam on Mahashivratri as event comes to a close
Till 3 March, the number of devotees who had taken the dip during the Kumbh stood at 22.95 crore, a UP government official said
The Brahmāstra team launched the film's logo on Maha Shivratri at the Kumbh Mela.
Weeks ahead of Lok Sabha election, identity flags of priests 'turn' Kumbh Mela into a political battlefield of sorts
Some of the flags have photographs of an elephant, a cycle and a palm, closely resembling the election symbols of Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and the Congress
Maha Shivaratri 2019: Narendra Modi, other politicians extend greetings to nation on 'auspicious occasion'
Devotees observe a fast and throng to Shiva temples to offer fruits and milk to the 'Shivaling', an aniconic representation of the deity. Many temples across the country organise fairs and cultural programmes to mark the occasion. This year’s Maha Shivratri will also mark the closing day of the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj with the last 'shahi snaan' taking place on Monday.