Connectivity to Khumb 2018
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the new Airport Complex, at Bamrauli Airport, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh on December 16, 2018. The Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik and the Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu are also seen.

PM assures good connectivity to Prayagraj kickstarts Swachh Kumbh Exhibition

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on 16 December 2018 inaugurated a new Airport Complex, and an Integrated Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela, at Prayagraj.

The Prime Minister also performed Ganga Pujan, and visited the Swachh Kumbh Exhibition. He visited the Akshay Vat in Prayagraj. He also dedicated to the nation, inaugurated, or laid the Foundation Stone for various development projects at Andawa in Prayagraj.

Addressing a large gathering, he announced that pilgrims for the Ardh-Kumbh this time will also be able to visit the Akshay Vat. He said the Government is making every effort to ensure good connectivity to Prayagraj. He said the projects dedicated today, would help both infrastructure and connectivity. He said the new airport terminal had been completed in a record time of one year.

The Prime Minister said that every effort is being made to ensure a unique experience for devotees coming for the Ardh-Kumbh.  He said the effort is to showcase India’s glorious past, and vibrant future.

The Prime Minister said that the Government is also working to ensure a clean Ganga. He said the sewage treatment plants and beautification of Ghats would go a long way in this regard.

The Prime Minister described the Kumbh as a symbol of India and Indianness. He said it unites us, and gives a glimpse of Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat. He said that the organisation of the Kumbh is not just a matter of faith, but also a matter of prestige, and every visitor to the Kumbh should be well taken care of. He said the Ardh-Kumbh would show how ‘New India‘ encompasses both heritage and modernity.

News Update | 21Jan19| Kinnar Akhara, new feature at Prayagraj Kumbh

Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Lakshmi Narayanan Tripathi has said that transgenders were badly exploited in the society and even their parents were forced to live a disgraceful life. He said transgenders have been part of Sanatan Dharm and they have been given respectful status in religious epics and books of Hindu mythology.
He said Akhara has provided a forum to transgenders to pursue a dignified life with religious rituals. He said Juna Akhara a traditional powerful Akhara of Sanyasi saints and seers has given the recognition to Kinnar Akhara and has allowed to be part of Shahi Snan procession. Expressing gratitude towards Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Of Juna Akhara Swami Awadeshanand ji Maharaj and Mahamandaleshwar Hari Giri ji Maharaj Kinnar Akhara chief said that Akhara has felt honoured with the decision.
Kinnar Akhara has set up a huge camp in sector 12 at Prayagraj Kumbh and it attracts hundreds of thousand devotees on daily basis. Visitors seeks blessings from the Akhara members. Akhara’s camp will continue till Mahashivaratri contrary to traditional Akharas who leave the Mela after taking third Shahi Snan on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami. Akhara Chief Lakshmi Narayanan Tripathi has announced to set up a Ashram at Prayagraj.


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