The ongoing Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 at Prayagraj has added another feather to its cap. The Uttar Pradesh government has created the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of buses.
Prayagraj’s Kumbh Mela paraded 500 special buses without a break on Thursday.
Guinness Record For Largest Parade Of Buses
503 buses of the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) travelled a stretch of 3.2 km on National Highway-19 (from Sahson toll to Nawabganj toll plaza).
The line of buses travelled at a speed of 15 km/hr while maintaining a safe distance of 10 to 12 metres from each other.
The saffron-coloured buses also had the Kumbh logo on them.
Earlier, the record was held by Abu Dhabi for running 390 buses in a parade which celebrated UAE 39th national day. The convoy of buses had travelled 4 km on the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Highway.
UPSRTC In Action
As many as 18 regions of the state were directed by UPSRTC to send their buses and manpower for setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of buses.
The buses had arrived in Prayagraj on Wednesday.
The authorities had arranged 510 buses for the parade but seven buses failed to fulfill the norms.
Witnessing the Record-Making Attempt
Two observers from the Guinness Book of World Record were invited to witness the buses parading on the route to set a new Guinness World Record.
Principal Secretary Transportation Department, Aradhna Shukla, flagged off the largest bus parade under the Guinness World Records attempt.
When Devotion Knocks Down Discrimination
Apart from the Guinness Record, there is another unique attraction in the Ardh Kumbh Mela, this year.
For the first time, transgenders have participated in the Kumbh Mela through Kinnar akhada.
Transgender rights activist and chief of the Kinnar Akhada, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and other Kinnar community people participated in ‘Devavrat Yatra’ during ‘Peshwai’ ceremony for the Ardh Kumbh Mela.
The akhada took out colourful and musical procession while chanting the mantra in the city. The akhada also took a holy dip at Sangam – the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
The 49-day long Ardh Kumbh Mela had started on 15 January and will conclude on 4 March.
(Note – All the photos are courtesy the official Twitter account of Kumbh.)