The Allahabad High Court on Saturday banned media houses from publishing photos of women devotees taking bath or Holy dip at the ongoing Kumbh mela. The bench comprising Justices PKS Baghel and Pankaj Bhatia said that any print or visual media platforms violating the order will face serious consequences.
The court was responding to a plea filed by one Aseem Kumar. The next date of hearing is 5 April.
The ongoing Kumbh mela started on 15 January and will end in March. This is a mini Kumbh mela, which is organised every six years, while the full Kumbh mela is held every 12 years.
The ongoing Kumbh mela is believed to be the largest human congregation. The next shahi snan (royal bath) is scheduled to be held on Sunday, when at least two crore devotees are expected to take Holy dip in the river.
The state government has made elaborate arrangements for the devotees in Allahabad, whose name was recently changed to Prayagraj by the Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath government.
Shahi snan, according to PTI, is the central highlight of the Kumbh Mela and the most important part of the celebration. It is only after the completion of ‘shahi snaan’ that people are allowed to take the holy dip, he said.