Thousands of pilgrims took holy dip in Ramkund on Saturday during the first ‘shahi snan’ of the ongoing Nasik Kumbh Mela. Mahants of different akhadas were thronging through the ghats of river Godavari.
Thousands of sadhus and mahants, including Naga sadhus of the 10 akhadas of Shaiva sect, took the royal bath at the Kushvarta Teerth in Trimbakeshwar town.
Swimming experts have been deployed at Ramkund to assist the people taking the holy dip. A life protection squad has also put into place to prevent any drowning incident.
Tight security arrangements have been made in the temple towns of Nasik. Nearly 15,000 police personnel, 10 squads of Special Forces and anti-terrorism squads and one dozen bomb disposal squads have been deployed for security,
Kumbh mela is held every 12 years. The next two ‘shahi snans’ will be held on September 13 and 18.