Kumbh Mela: The world’s largest religious gathering sets 3 world records


  • The latest Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious gathering, struck three world records.
  • All three records were performed before the team from Guinness World Records from February 28 to March 3.
  • The host state of Uttar Pradesh earlier successfully set a record for the “Longest Parade of Buses” lining up 500 buses in a row. It also set a new record for “most contribution in hand painting in 8 hours.”
India’s iconic Kumbh Mela 2019, the world’s largest religious gathering, is about to conclude, setting up no less than three new records.

The latest fair, held in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh visited by an estimated 130- 140 million people, set up records for largest crowd management, largest sanitation drive and largest painting exercise of public sites. The exercises were performed before a team a Guiness for four days, from February 28 to March 3.
"Around 503 shuttle buses were pressed into service on the highway in one go for the team on February 28. Several people participated in a painting exercise on March 1 and 10,000 workers engaged in cleaning at the Kumbh, all performing their duties together," India’s Ministry of Culture said in a statement.

On March 1, over 10,000 people engaged in cleaning and sanitation activities at the same on different venues, setting up a record for the "most people sweeping the floor.”


Just a day before, the state of Uttar Pradesh set a new record for “The Longest Parade of Buses”by rolling out a fleet of 500 buses lined up for nearly two miles.


The Kumbh 2019 concluded with one more record for "most contribution to a handprint painting in hours," featuring 7,664 people participated. The last record for handprint painting was held by Seoul in which 4,675 people were there.



The Kumbh festival, which began on January 14, will conclude on March 4 with the sixth and final "Shahi Snan" (royal bath) on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
The previous five royal baths were held successfully with more than 220 million pilgrims taking holy dips, the Minis try said.

Held every six years, the Ardh Kumbh or ‘half’ Kumbh is held in four of cities at the confluence of three rivers - Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati. It is visited by pilgrims, tourists and Sadhus, holymen.

(With IANS)


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