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Sacred and political: World's largest religious festival Kumbh Mela to kick off in India

Updated : December 21, 2018 09:41 AM IST

During the Kumbh Mela, to be held in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, millions of pilgrims including naked, ash-smeared ascetics, will bathe at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and a mythical third river, the Saraswati.
Devout Hindus believe that bathing in the waters of the Ganges absolves people of sins and bathing at the time of the Kumbh brings salvation from the cycle of life and death.
Sacred and political: World's largest religious festival Kumbh Mela to kick off in India

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