India's Hindu Kumbh Mela festival begins

  • Several million people gathered at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India’s Allahabad city on Monday, the opening day of the Kumbh Mela festival.

    At least 10 million pilgrims are expected to bathe at the point where the two rivers meet by the end of the day.

    The festival, which is held every 12 years, is billed as the biggest gathering in the world.

    More than 100 million people are expected to attend the 55-day festival.

    Hindus believe a dip in the river cleanses sins and helps bring salvation.

    In 2001, more than 40 million people came together on the main bathing day of the festival, breaking a record for the largest human gathering.

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