Millions of Hindus have plunged into the Godavari River in the west of India to celebrate the first bathing day of the Kumbh Mela festival in a ritual believed to wash away their sins.
It is held every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayaga), Nashik and Ujjain.
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.
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..
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