Kumbh Mela 2019 enters Guinness Book for largest crowd management

New Delhi: The Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj has secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest crowd management, largest sanitation drive and largest painting exercise of public sites.

“A three-member team from the Guinness World Records visited Prayagraj for the purpose. Exercises on a large scale were performed before the team for four days, from 28 February to 3 March,” a statement issued by the government said.

“Around 503 shuttle buses were pressed into service on the highway at one go for the team on 28 February. Several people participated in a painting exercise on 1 March and 10,000 workers engaged in cleaning at the Kumbh, all performing their duties together,” the Ministry of Culture said in a statement.

The festival, which began 14 January, concluded 4 March with the sixth and final ‘Shahi Snan’ (royal bath) on the occasion of Maha Shivarathri.

The previous five royal baths were held successfully with more than 22 crore pilgrims totally taking holy dips, the Ministry said.