The ninth Kumbh Mela started with religious fervour at Tirumakudlu Narsipur on Saturday.
The temples were illuminated with coloured lights as people thronged the confluence of three rivers — Cauvery, Kapila and Spatika.
A temporary platform using sand bags was erected in the middle of the river for devotees to offer prayers. Many were seen taking a holy dip.
Lakhs of devotees are expected to arrive on Monday. After inaugurating the event, Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok explained the significance of the Kumbh Mela.
MP Dhruvanarayana said that due to casteism and corruption, the development of the country has taken a backseat and appealed to the people to fight against blind beliefs.
Adequate police security was provided at the venue. Suttur Seer Sri Shivaratri Deshikendra Swamiji, and heads of various mutts were present.