Kumbh Mela festival begins in India

Hindu Devotees Gather For The Maha Kumbh

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Millions of Hindu devotees have flocked to the place where Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet in Allahabad in northern India. They bathe there to mark the beginning of Kumbh Mela, a festival which only takes place every 12 years. Over 100 million people are expected to bathe where the rivers meet by the end of the day. The 55-day festival, also known as the Pitcher Festival, will be a special one this decade, as it is the Maha Kumbh, which only occurs once every 144 years and is always held in Allahabad.

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