From using artificial intelligence to building the largest temporary city in the world, Prayagraj has got a stunning makeover ahead of this year’s Kumbh Mela.
The Ardh Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage that attracts crores of people from around the world to take a dip in the Triveni Sangan – the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The city is all set to welcome lakhs of pilgrims for Kumbh 2019 which will commence on January 15 on Makar Sankranti – the first bathing day. Mahashivratri on March 4 will mark the last bathing day.
The fair will be this time spread over an area of 45 km from the earlier 20 km radius.
At a time when the entire Sangam city is getting all decked up to host Kumbh 2019, authorities of Prayagraj Mela Pradhikaran and Allahabad division of North Central Railways have joined hands to add to the beautification of the city. The ‘Paint My City’ campaign by the Kumbh organising committee has asked around five art agencies to fill nearly 3 lakh sq-feet of the city with colourful murals.
At several places, paintings depicting centre’s ambitious Namami Gange project are being highlighted to spread awareness. Graffiti depicting the cultural heritage of Sanatan Dharma, paintings of saints performing puja and arts showing the strength of defence forces, all can be seen in the new Prayagraj.
The brief is straight:
Cultural Diversity and Heritage of Uttar Pradesh and Prayagraj
Religious, the Spiritual and Scientific connotation of the Kumbh
Mythological background of the Kumbh
Social Awareness messages and public service messages
Here’s a peek into some of the street arts from Prayagraj ahead of Kumbh Mela 2019