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Hindus launch Kumbh Festival with mass bathing

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Hindus launch Kumbh Festival with mass bathing

<p>Millions of Hindus have plunged into the Godavari River in the west of India to celebrate the first bathing day of the <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/travel-tips-and-articles/76377">Kumbh Mela festival</a> in a ritual believed to wash away their sins.</p> <p>It is held every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayaga), Nashik and Ujjain.</p> <p>According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them immortality.</p> <p>The event sometimes known as the Grand Pitcher Festival, is said to be one of the world’s largest gatherings of human beings on Earth..</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kumbh Mela <a href="https://twitter.com/justnashik"><code>justnashik</a> , absolute serene, fantastic arrangements, very clean...hope our ppl keep it that way. <a href="http://t.co/YnawKS89jj">pic.twitter.com/YnawKS89jj</a></p>&mdash; ru#sh (</code>ruchirz) <a href="https://twitter.com/ruchirz/status/635873134986420224">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>