SANGAM, INDIA, February 4, 2014 (Times Of India): The Magh mela police, on Monday, reviewed the security arrangements in and around the mela campus ahead of the Basant Panchami snan scheduled on Tuesday. Around 5 million pilgrims and devotees, especially from city areas, are expected to take holy dip on Tuesday.
The police further claimed that the majority of the crowd of devotees who would be taking a holy dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami would include Kalpwasis and devotees staying in tents as well as seers and saints while the rest of the crowd comprises locals and devotees from neighboring towns who have already flocked to Allahabad for the holy dip.
Astrologers say that Vasant Panchami is referred to as Saraswati Puja/Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites which falls on the fifth day of Magha (in early February) month of Hindu calendar. The festival also marks the start of spring and Holi season. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the Goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture.