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'Desi GPS': Pilgrims devise ways to stay together

ALLAHABAD: While a sea of humanity swarmed the Kumbh Mela space on Monday with over five crore pilgrims taking a dip in Sangam on Mauni Amavasya, the concern of having misplaced and separated from their pricey ones impressed people to undertake leading edge tactics to stick together. In the age of global positioning system, people used their standard GPS, to not lose track of one another.

While members of one crew held aloft a neem stick, which doubled as ‘datoon’ for brushing enamel, high in a single hand to keep track, others used a cloth as rope to stick together within the maddening rush.

In the largest shahi snan on Mauni Amavasya at Kumbh, the pilgrims used their assets in inventive and fascinating tactics as indicators to identify every different and no longer getting misplaced within the crowd of crores of faithfuls.

Some devotees put woollen caps and mufflers atop lengthy sticks to behave as guiding light and assist others practice the crowd heads.

When NewsTread requested one such devotee the reason for retaining a big leafy neem branch high in a single hand all of the way to Sangam, he said that it was his personal conventional GPS system.

“I am here with my father, mother and two aunts. They can get misplaced in this large crowd therefore I decided to use this lengthy neem branch which my family members can see to keep track,” said Brijesh Singh.

“Not all people have smartphones or they don’t understand how to use GPS. Moreover, we cannot rely on mobile networks solely. The chances of getting misplaced in this heavy rush are huge, so I have tied my muffler in this stick and am retaining it high in order that my family members can see it and practice me,” said Rajneesh Yadav.

Women devotees additionally found out easy tactics to stick together and tied the ‘pallu’ (end of saree) with every different. “It is such a lot crowded that we misplaced grip even if we held our palms very tightly. It was then we decided to tie up ends of our sarees to stick together,” said devotee Susheela Kumari.

Many folks used ‘dupatta’ to tie palms in their youngsters with their very own.

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