Millions take sacred dip at India’s holy Kumbh Mela


Millions of Hindu pilgrims took the plunge into the sacred rivers of Prayagraj, India as part of the world’s largest religious gathering. On the most auspicious day of the 49-day-long Kumbh Mela, devotees immersed themselves at the confluence of three rivers. This area is considered to be especially holy and Hindus believe bathing there during the Kumbh helps cleanse sins and attain salvation. Nearly 12 million people attended the inaugural bathing ritual on January 15 and around 140 million pilgrims are expected during the whole festival.