Allahabad gears up for the Kumbh Mela

  • A Sadhu takes a ride on a boat as he visits Sangam, the confluence of Rivers Ganges and Yamuna, in Allahabad. AP
  • Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation on the banks of Sangam during the Mahakumbh festival in January 2013, which falls every twelfth year. PTI
  • The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. Photo by Wikimedia Commons
  • The major event of the festival is ritual bathing at the banks of the river in whichever town it is being held. PTI
  • Nasik has registered maximum visitor to 75 million. AP
  • A Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, reflected on a mirror, ties his turban after taking a holy dip in the River Ganges. AP
  • According to the Mela Administration's estimates, around 70 million people participated in the 45-day Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, in 2007. AP
  • A Sadhu distributes sweets after worshipping the land allotted to him for setting up tents for the upcoming over-a-month-long Mahakumbh fair in Allahabad. AP
  • Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, worship the land allotted to them for setting up their tents. AP
  • Sadhus worship the land allotted to them for setting up their tents. AP

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