According to the government, the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has secured place the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest crowd management, largest sanitation drive and largest painting exercise of public sites.
According to Ministry of culture, “a 3-member team from the Guinness World Records visited Prayagraj to assess the site.”
The Ministry of Culture also said in a statement, “approximately 503 shuttle buses were pressed into service on the highway in one go for the team on February 28. Numerous people participated in a painting exercise on March 1 and 10,000 workers engaged in cleaning at the Kumbh, all performing their duties together.”
The Kumbh Mela festival, began on January 15 on Makar Sankranti, concludes on 4th of March the day of Maha Shivratri which symbolises the last holy bath of the Kalpvasis and is directly related to Lord Shiva.
Mahashivratri marks the culmination of the Kumbh and the prominent bathing days. The Kumbh draws lakhs of pilgrims over the course of nearly 55 auspicious days to bathe at the Sangam.
The Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, witnessed more than 22 crore devotees who had taken a dip in 2019.
Traditionally, four fairs are widely recognized as the Kumbh Melas: the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, and Ujjain Simhastha.
These four fairs are held periodically at one of the following places by rotation: Allahabad (Prayagraj), Haridwar, Nashik district (Nashik and Trimbak), and Ujjain.
The main festival site is located on the banks of a river: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar; the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati at Allahabad; the Godavari at Nashik; and the Shipra at Ujjain. Bathing in these rivers is thought to cleanse a person of all their sins.