Kumbh Mela 2019: Here are main attractions that you must visit

Lucknow, Jan 11: In a first, Kumbh Mela- the largest religious gathering on earth- will witness the use of artificial intelligence for better crowd management this year.

The 2019 Kumbh Mela will commence in Prayagraj city of Uttar Pradesh from January 15 till March 4.

"This will be for the first time that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be used in Kumbh Mela. Over 1,000 CCTV cameras will be used to monitor various movements across the Mela area spread across 3,200 hectares," UP Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi told PTI Tuesday.

Artificial Intelligence will be used by the Integrated

Command and Control Centre of the police wherein the security personnel can see the visuals of crowd movement and assess the crowd size. At the same time, they can also monitor anything which is suspicious, he said.

Artificial Intelligence is a way of making a computer, a computer-controlled robot, or a software think intelligently, in the similar manner humans think.

During his visit to Prayagraj, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on December 16 inaugurated the state-of-artcommand and control centre.

Traffic management at Kumbh is also planned to ensure coordination of traffic movement on multiple channels which will be integrated with Google maps.

In order to facilitate the visitors, deployment of new telecommunication services, banking services and water ATMs are being carried out for the entire Mela area, officials said.

The Kumbh Mela, or the festival of the sacred pitcher, is the largest public gathering as the event draws tens of millions of pilgrims over the course of approximately 48 days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.

This year, the auspicious bathing dates are Makar Sankranti (January 15), Paush Poornima (January 21), Mauni Amawasya (February 4), Basant Panchami (February 10), Maghi Poornima (February 19) and Mahashivratri (March 4).

Main attractions of Kumbh 2019:Peshwai (Praveshai)According to a report in India TV, to mark the beginning of Kumbh Mela, a grand procession 'Peshwai' is carried out which welcomes people from around the world. In this procession, saints arrive in Kumbh along with their groups on elephants, horses and lavish carriages with bands. A large number of people provide their services as attendants and shower petals of flowers on the passing procession. The atmosphere during Peshwai is that of festivity and enthusiasm. Special routes are demarcated for these processions that are led by saints from various Akharas.Tourist WalksStarting Point of Trail: Shankar Viman MandapamStop 1: Bade Hanumanji TempleStop 2: Patalpuri MandirStop 3: Akshya VatStop 4: Allahabad FortStop 5: Ram Ghat

Cultural eventsThe Kumbh Mela 2019 will feature 5 cultural Pandals to display a series of cultural events ranging from musical performances to traditional and folk dances on a daily basis from January 2019 onwards. Ganga Pandal will be the mega structure among all pandals for hosting all the major events. Pravachan Pandal and 4 convention centres equipped with state-of-the-art facilities will be created to host various spiritual events.

Laser Light ShowTo enhance the experience of the large influx of Pilgrims, patrons, domestic and international tourists expected to visit the Kumbh Mela 2019, the Government of Uttar Pradesh is making provisions for a Laser Light and Sound Show that shall be operational from December 2018 onwards at the Prayagraj Fort Wall.

WaterwaysWaterways are of major importance and have been serving the human civilization since ancient times through rivers, lakes and oceans. Water tourism has always been an important part of overall tourism industry. For the holy event of Kumbh Mela, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is organizing a ferry services on the river Yamuna near Sangam Ghat. The route for this service will start from Sujawan Ghat to Rail Bridge (Naini Side) to Boat Club Ghat to Saraswati Ghat and ends at Kila Ghat. Multiple terminals will be constructed on this stretch of 20 kms and boats and vessels will be provided by Mela Authority to create better pilgrim experience.

Thematic GatesThe 2019 Kumbh Mela shall also witness over 25 temporary thematic gates which will mark the approach roads to the Mela Area and entrance to various sectors in the Mela Area. The Government of Uttar Pradesh has adopted an innovative solution to increase the aesthetic value of the Kumbh Mela by designing and producing over 25 temporary thematic gates that shall be strategically placed. Each gate will have its own identity, will be strongly rooted in the local context and deeply inspired by the culture, tradition and socio-religious factors. Vernacular construction methods shall be used and above all, practicality and reusability are being taken into consideration.