At any given place, the Kumbh Mela is held once in 12 years. Hindu devotees participate in a mass pilgrimage and bathe in a sacred river during the mela. It has come to be known as one of the most sacred occasions in the Hindu faith and is held on the banks of the ‘Sangam’- the conjunction of the sacred streams Ganga, Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati.
The date of the event is determined based on the combination of the zodiac positions of Jupiter, the Sun and moon. Thousands of rupees are spent on preparations for the religious event.
Here we look at 15 spectacular pictures of the Kumbh Mela being celebrated in Ujjain, India.
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