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Hindus launch Kumbh Festival with mass bathing

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Hindus launch Kumbh Festival with mass bathing

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..