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More than 12,000 Hindus attend Maha Kumbh celebrations in Kashmir
Kashmir is all geared up to celebrate 'Dashar Maha Kumbh' after 75 years. More than 12,000 Hindus, mostly migrant Kashmiri Pandits gathered at the Sangam of the Jhelum river and Sindh river in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir to begin the 'Maha Kumbh'.

Last Maha Kumbh in Kashmir was held in 1941 and was celebrated by the whole country. Devotees from both India and Pakistan were present there. This year, the Maha Kumbh was declared by Omkar Nath Shastri, an astrologer whose family is known for publishing Panchang (Hindu almanac) for Kashmiris.

A 12-hour long 'Havan' was started on Monday at the Sangam and will end on Tuesday. About 12,000 Hindus mostly migrant Kashmiri Pandits, gathered at the sangam. This is the first time since the exodus of local Pandits from the Valley that they came in such large numbers to attend this Maha Kumbh at Saidipora Sangam.

Elaborate arrangements were in place for the pilgrims, including construction of temporary bathrooms, makeshift toilets and temporary shelters. Besides this, security arrangements, medical facilities, transportation, drinking water etc. were well taken care off by the authorities.

Earlier, in 2011 around 35,000 Hindus, mostly from the southern part of the country, had gathered at the Sangam in Saidipora village to celebrate 'Pushkar' which is basically a south Indian Hindu celebration taking place at river banks.

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