Mauni Amavasya brings 3 crore people to Sangam
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Before him were droves of villagers carrying their belongings in plastic gunny bags, air bags, jholas, or simply gathris (cloth sacks). These sacks not only contained winter clothing and blankets, but also utensils, as they knew they may have to spend the night in the open and cook their own food.
There were others for whom Mela was also fun. For instance, Neha Gupta, in her 30s, from Lucknow, who had come along with her mother and grandmother, would have been considered foolhardy had they left home without having worked out the logistics as to where would they stay. "There is no fear. We have been living in the open since yesterday. We are carrying our belongings and had brought some food along," she says, her mother and aunt nodding in unison.