New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi should visit the grave of his grandfather Feroze Jehangir Khan Gandhi at Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad), while visiting Kumbh Mela which begins on January 14, said Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Thursday. Sharma, who was in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar, sent out the ‘open invitation’ to the Congress president, while interacting with reporters at the secretariat in presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his Cabinet colleagues.

“I urge Rahul Gandhi to visit Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela and also perform puja at his grandfather’s grave.  His (Feroze Gandhi’s) grave is in Prayagraj and Rahul ji must visit it since he has never been there, and light a candle there,” said Sharma.

Furthermore, he said,”We want everyone to visit Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela this year and that’s why we are extending this invite to all in the government and everybody.”

After naming the old city of Allahabad as Prayagraj, the Uttar Pradesh government is organising Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj from January 15. The government wants it to be a big success and for that, the deputy chief ministers are sent across the country for the event’s publicity.

About 12 crore devotees are expected to visit Kumbh Mela and the government has made elaborate arrangements to ensure their security and smooth conduct of the mega event, a minister had said. Touted as the biggest cultural and religious event in the world, the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj has been accorded the status of world heritage by the UNESCO. The event, which will conclude on March 4, has been included in the list of ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity.’