10th of March – Kumbh Mela

A record crowd of 120 million pilgrims celebrated the end of world’s biggest religious festival by diving into a holy Indian river and washing away their sins. Kumbh Mela is a two-month long festival celebrated every 12 years near the northern Indian city of Allahabad where two Indian sacred rivers come together. “Over 60 million people attended the festival in 2001 and this time we believe 120 million people have participated,” festival chief Mani Prasad Mishra told AFP. The festival has its origins in in Hindu mythology.

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

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