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Kumbh Mela: Millions of Indians bathe on most auspicious day

The main day of bathing has been held at India's Kumbh Mela, with tens of millions of pilgrims taking a dip at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.This is the most auspicious of six bathing days at the event, billed as the world's biggest human gathering.Hindus believe bathing at the rivers will cleanse them of their sins and help them attain "moksha", setting them free from the cycle of birth and death.The mela (meaning "fair" in Hindi) has been held in Allahabad city (recently renamed Prayagraj) in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh for centuries now. But it has grown into a mega event in the past two decades.The BBC's Vikas Pandey, who is at the festival, said people had arrived from all parts of the country and had ...
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