Ujjain: Normalcy restored at Simhastha Kumbh Mela

, 9:50 AM IST

Ujjain: Millions of pilgrims flocked to take the holy dip in the Kshipra river in Madhya Pradesh as normalcy has been restored at the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain after Thursday’s rain and storm that claimed 7 lives.

Millions of pilgrims flocked to take a holy dip in Kshipra river on ‘Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya’ yesterday despite facing hardships after the tents were damaged and electricity supply cut off.

Heavy rush of pilgrims prompted police to put up barricades at the main intersections and stop vehicular traffic on the approach roads to the Ramghat.

Around 2 million pilgrims are said to have visited the Kshipra ghat on Friday.

Devotees who faced problems in procuring food ate at the community kitchen of various Akharas.

The district administration drew flak after a drainage line burst at the Ram Ghat on Thursday evening and dirty water flowed into the river, raising health concerns.

However, Akhara Parishad president Narendra Giri said it was a natural disaster and that the administration responded swiftly. (ANI)