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Kumbh Mela 2019: Thousands Take Holy Dip on Paush Poornima

India | Associated Press | January 21, 2019, 2:00 pm
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 Devotees take a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

Devotees take a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 Foreign devotees take a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

Foreign devotees take a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 A devotee blows a conch shell after taking a holy dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

A devotee blows a conch shell after taking a holy dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 A Sadhu holds a trident as he takes a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

A Sadhu holds a trident as he takes a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 A foreign devotee takes ritualistic dips with others at Sangam during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: AP)

A foreign devotee takes ritualistic dips with others at Sangam during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: AP)

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 Devotees take ritualistic dips at Sangam during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: AP)

Devotees take ritualistic dips at Sangam during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: AP)

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 A Sadhu takes a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

A Sadhu takes a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 Pilgrims from across the world will arrive in Prayagraj as the Kumbh Mela begins amid a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism. Devotees take spiritual-cleansing dips in the Sangam during the Kumbh Festival, in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

Pilgrims from across the world will arrive in Prayagraj as the Kumbh Mela begins amid a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism. Devotees take spiritual-cleansing dips in the Sangam during the Kumbh Festival, in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 Naga Sadhus take holy dip on auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

Naga Sadhus take holy dip on auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 Sadhus march in a procession to participate in spiritual-cleansing baths in the Sangam at the Kumbh Festival in Prayagraj. (Image: AP)

Sadhus march in a procession to participate in spiritual-cleansing baths in the Sangam at the Kumbh Festival in Prayagraj. (Image: AP)

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 Naga Sadhus take holy dip on auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

Naga Sadhus take holy dip on auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees take a holy dip during Kumbh Mela Festival, in Prayagraj. (Image: Reuters)

Devotees take a holy dip during Kumbh Mela Festival, in Prayagraj. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Devotee prays during the Kumbh Mela festival in Prayagraj. (Image: AP)

A Devotee prays during the Kumbh Mela festival in Prayagraj. (Image: AP)

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 A sadhu from Juna Akhara poses for a photograph at Kumbh Mela venue, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

A sadhu from Juna Akhara poses for a photograph at Kumbh Mela venue, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 A Sadhu blows a conch shell at Sangam on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

A Sadhu blows a conch shell at Sangam on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

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 Devotees march in a procession to participate in spiritual-cleansing baths in the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati at the Kumbh Festival, in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

Devotees march in a procession to participate in spiritual-cleansing baths in the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati at the Kumbh Festival, in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

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 An illumined view of a campsite established along the banks of River Ganga on the eve of Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

An illumined view of a campsite established along the banks of River Ganga on the eve of Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Security personnel take the oath to execute their duties honestly after offering prayers at Sangam on January 13, 2019.Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation called Kumbh festival that runs for a period of over a month starting from January 15. (Image: AP)

Security personnel take the oath to execute their duties honestly after offering prayers at Sangam on January 13, 2019.Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation called Kumbh festival that runs for a period of over a month starting from January 15. (Image: AP)

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 Security personnel take the oath to execute their duties honestly after offering prayers at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna ahead of the Kumbh Festival in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

Security personnel take the oath to execute their duties honestly after offering prayers at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna ahead of the Kumbh Festival in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

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 Indian police personnel march through a pontoon bridge at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna as part of security arrangements for the Kumbh Festival in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

Indian police personnel march through a pontoon bridge at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna as part of security arrangements for the Kumbh Festival in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

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 Indian police personnel patrol on horses at Sangam. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation called Kumbh festival that runs for a period of over a month starting from January 15. (Image: AP)

Indian police personnel patrol on horses at Sangam. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation called Kumbh festival that runs for a period of over a month starting from January 15. (Image: AP)

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 Hindu holy men sing bhajans at Sangam. (Image: AP)

Hindu holy men sing bhajans at Sangam. (Image: AP)

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 A sadhu is seen smoking while siting inside his tent at Sangam. (Image: AP)

A sadhu is seen smoking while siting inside his tent at Sangam. (Image: AP)

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 A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man watches a religious ceremony ahead of the

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man watches a religious ceremony ahead of the "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad. (Image: Reuters)

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 Naga Sadhus chant slogans during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Kumbh festival in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

Naga Sadhus chant slogans during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Kumbh festival in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

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 Naga Sadhus participate in 'Peshwai' ceremony at the bank of river Ganga for the upcoming Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Naga Sadhus participate in 'Peshwai' ceremony at the bank of river Ganga for the upcoming Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Naga Sadhus of the Anand Akhada group, participate in a religious procession towards the Sangam as part of the Kumbh festival in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

Naga Sadhus of the Anand Akhada group, participate in a religious procession towards the Sangam as part of the Kumbh festival in Allahabad. (Image: AP)

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 Actor Ashutosh Rana takes part in a Peshwai procession for the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Actor Ashutosh Rana takes part in a Peshwai procession for the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Naga Sadhus of the Nirvani Akhada march through Allahabad as they prepare to enter the Kumbh Mela premises. (Image: News18)

Naga Sadhus of the Nirvani Akhada march through Allahabad as they prepare to enter the Kumbh Mela premises. (Image: News18)

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 Sadhus of Shri Panchayati Niranjani Akhada during the Peshwai procession for the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Sadhus of Shri Panchayati Niranjani Akhada during the Peshwai procession for the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Sadhus march through Allahabad as they prepare to enter the Kumbh Mela premises. (Image: News18)

Sadhus march through Allahabad as they prepare to enter the Kumbh Mela premises. (Image: News18)

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 Naga Sadhus of the Nirvani Akhada march through Allahabad as they prepare to enter the Kumbh Mela premises. (Image: News18)

Naga Sadhus of the Nirvani Akhada march through Allahabad as they prepare to enter the Kumbh Mela premises. (Image: News18)

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 Sadhus of Shri Panchayati Niranjani Akhada during the Peshwai procession for the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Sadhus of Shri Panchayati Niranjani Akhada during the Peshwai procession for the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Sadhus march through Allahabad as they prepare to enter the Kumbh Mela premises. (Image: News18)

Sadhus march through Allahabad as they prepare to enter the Kumbh Mela premises. (Image: News18)

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 Prime Minister Narendra, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth perform rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges and Yamuna, at Allahabad. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in a large religious congregation called 'Kumbh Mela' in January 2019. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth perform rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges and Yamuna, at Allahabad. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in a large religious congregation called 'Kumbh Mela' in January 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath, BJP UP Chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, UP Governor Ram Naik, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and others during the unveiling and inauguration of Kumbh Mela 2019 works at Jhushi, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath, BJP UP Chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, UP Governor Ram Naik, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and others during the unveiling and inauguration of Kumbh Mela 2019 works at Jhushi, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs Ganga 'Aarti', in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs Ganga 'Aarti', in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath and BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey perform 'Ganga Pujan' at Sangam, during their visit to Kumbh region, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath and BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey perform 'Ganga Pujan' at Sangam, during their visit to Kumbh region, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Akshayvat, in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Akshayvat, in Prayagraj. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is garlanded during the unveiling and inauguration of Kumbh Mela 2019 works at Jhushi, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is garlanded during the unveiling and inauguration of Kumbh Mela 2019 works at Jhushi, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath, BJP UP Chief Mahendra Nath Pandey and others during the unveiling and inauguration of Kumbh Mela 2019 works at Jhushi, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath, BJP UP Chief Mahendra Nath Pandey and others during the unveiling and inauguration of Kumbh Mela 2019 works at Jhushi, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath and BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey perform 'Ganga Pujan' at Sangam, during their visit to Kumbh region, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath and BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey perform 'Ganga Pujan' at Sangam, during their visit to Kumbh region, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath during the unveiling and inauguration of Kumbh Mela 2019 works at Jhushi, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath during the unveiling and inauguration of Kumbh Mela 2019 works at Jhushi, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Panch Dashnam Atal Akhara sadhus during their 'Nagar Pravesh' procession for the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Panch Dashnam Atal Akhara sadhus during their 'Nagar Pravesh' procession for the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Niranjani Akhara sadhus perform 'Bhumi Pujan' to set up their tents at the bank of river Ganga ahead of Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

Niranjani Akhara sadhus perform 'Bhumi Pujan' to set up their tents at the bank of river Ganga ahead of Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian labourers construct a pontoon bridge over the river Ganges for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj). A 45 days festival starting from January 2019, where millions of Hindu devotees are expected to attend with the belief that taking a dip in the waters of the holy river will cleanse them of their sins. (Image: AP)

Indian labourers construct a pontoon bridge over the river Ganges for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj). A 45 days festival starting from January 2019, where millions of Hindu devotees are expected to attend with the belief that taking a dip in the waters of the holy river will cleanse them of their sins. (Image: AP)

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 A Sadhu waits to meet officials of Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad (Prayagraj). Millions of Hindu pilgrims and holy men are expected to attend the festival, starting from January 2019. (Image: AP)

A Sadhu waits to meet officials of Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad (Prayagraj). Millions of Hindu pilgrims and holy men are expected to attend the festival, starting from January 2019. (Image: AP)

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 Labourers carry an iron beam for constructing a pontoon bridge across the river Ganges for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj). (Image: AP)

Labourers carry an iron beam for constructing a pontoon bridge across the river Ganges for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj). (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu holy man takes rest on the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad (Prayagraj). (Image: AP)

A Hindu holy man takes rest on the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad (Prayagraj). (Image: AP)

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 Labourers pull a pontoon buoy as they build a floating pontoon bridge over the river Ganges for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj). (Image: AP)

Labourers pull a pontoon buoy as they build a floating pontoon bridge over the river Ganges for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj). (Image: AP)

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 Labourers carry heavy rope for pulling a pontoon buoy as they build a floating pontoon bridge over the river Ganges for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj). (Image: AP)

Labourers carry heavy rope for pulling a pontoon buoy as they build a floating pontoon bridge over the river Ganges for the upcoming Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj). (Image: AP)

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