At around 5 a.m. devotees from around the globe became a part of the 'Shahi Snan' by plunging themselves in the Triveni sangam, on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad is observing 55-days-long festival, where sadhus and devotees from all over the world have come together to celebrate this religious festival.

As per the centuries old custom, no one is allowed to enter the holy river before the akhadas finish their Shahi Snans. Once the sadhus are done with their Shahi Snan, common visitors can take a dip in the river. 

The Kinnar Akhada member Lakshmi believes that this initiative will elevate the position of the third gender and enable them to be a part of mainstream society.

It is to be mentioned that the Ardhkumbh festival witnesses thousands of Hindu devotees from around the world, every 6 years, while Kumbh takes place every 12 years.