Fire breaks out at Kumbh Mela site; no injuries reported

However; tragedy has hit the Kumbh Mela site just a day before the Mela is set to begin. A make shift camp set up near the Digambar Akhada has caught massive fire and engulfed multiple tents with it.

Fire breaks out at Kumbh Mela site; no injuries reported Fire breaks out at Kumbh Mela site; no injuries reported Source : press

Described by the UNESCO as the biggest "peaceful congregation of pilgrims on the earth"; the 2019 Kumbh Mela is all set to begin tomorrow. 


The Mela; is set to begin in Prayagraj (formerly called Allahabad) from the 15th of January and will go on for a period of 55 days, wherein pilgrims for all over the world come to the holy Ganga and take a dip in the river as a cleansing ritual, which is believed to cleanse a person's soul of all the sin's. 


However; tragedy has hit the Kumbh Mela site just a day before the Mela is set to begin. A makeshift camp set up near the Digambar Akhada has caught massive fire and engulfed multiple tents with it. As per locals; the fire was caused due to a cylinder blast at the tent.


The fire, however, was brought under control and officials have said that no immediate casualties have been reported. “The fire has been contained and the area is being cleared now,” said Akhara police station inspector Bhaskar Mishra.

The Kumbh Mela takes place every six years in Prayagraj and for this year; the Yogi Adityanath led government has allotted a budget of Rs. 2,800 crore as per Uttar Pradesh Minister Suresh Rana. It is also believed that the Mela this year will have footfalls of more than 12 crore people.


The Mela this year; is being organized in an area of 3,200 hectares, double the area of the last Kumbh, said Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Information and Tourism in the Uttar Pradesh government.


Apart from Prayagraj, the Kumbh Mela is also celebrated in Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik.