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Sonu Nigam posted a video on Instagram on Sunday reacting to the same. Wikimedia commons

Noted singer Sonu Nigam on Sunday reacted to the Kumbh Mela being made symbolic for this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The singer feels the religious gathering shouldn’t have been permitted to happen amid the pandemic.

With reports of a huge number of Covid positive cases from the Kumbh Mela area in Haridwar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to observe the event “symbolic” to strengthen the fight against the deadly virus. Sonu Nigam posted a video on Instagram on Sunday reacting to the same.

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During the Kumbh Mela, the gathering of Bhakts by the banks of our sacred Indian rivers and is the greatest celebration in Hindu culture. Wikimedia Commons

Union Minister of Earth Sciences and Environment Harsh Vardhan on Monday launched special weather services for people visiting Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj during Kumbh Mela between January and March.

Speaking at the launch here, the Minister said the government had installed four Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) at four locations in Prayagraj and one mobile AWS to provide information of the prevailing weather in real-time and forecast weather three days in advance.

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Swami Nithyananda during the Maha Kumbh Mela. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Kumbh Mela is set to begin in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) from January 15, officials said here on Monday. It hosted over 12 crore holy men, ascetics and pilgrims in 2013 in the same place.

The Mela, inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017, is the biggest “peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth”, as per UNESCO.

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Reliance Jio on Monday said that its JioPhone will provide information services about the upcoming Kumbh Mela such as event schedules at the mega religious congregation.

According to Reliance Jio, under the services, JioPhone users would get information of the whole event, travel information of special trains and buses, and route maps, among others.

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