Pilgrims seek salvation at Kumbh Mela 2019

DN Bureau

One of the world's largest religious festivals, the Kumbh Mela kick started on January 15 at Prayagraj - formerly known as Allahabad - in Uttar Pradesh.

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Devotees participate in the mega event with the belief that taking a dip in the holy water of Ganges River will pave the way for their salvation and would rid them of their sins.

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While more than 12 crore pilgrims are likely to take part in the festival - which spans over eight-weeks - millions took a holy dip into the icy waters during the first Shahi Snan, or Royal Bath, which began at 4 am.

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Shahi Snan, sadhus or seers belonging to 13 Akhadas take a dip in the holy rivers along the banks of Ganges near to the spot where the Mela takes place.

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Terming it 'Akhada beyond sexuality', Kinnar Akhada has also called their first-time participation at the Kumbh 2019 as a step forward towards acceptance in the society.

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Earlier, Kinnar Akhada Mahamandaleshwar, Acharya, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi exhumed pride and confidence while talking of her Akhada's debut at this massive congregation of pilgrims.

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Besides saints and seers, foreign tourists have also arrived to attend the event.

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