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Kumbh Mela 2019: Prayagraj gears up for world’s largest religious gathering

The Kumbh Mela is believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth and is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati -- in Allahabad.

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One of the largest religious gatherings in the world, the Kumbh Mela, will start today and will go on till March 4,2019. (Express photo: Vishal Srivastav)

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The Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati -- in Allahabad. (Express photo: Vishal Srivastav)

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People from all parts of the country take holy bath at the bank of Sangam, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti festival, a day before first Shahi Snan in Prayagraaj on Monday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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In the run-up to the mega event, 3,200 hectares of land, 1 lakh makeshift toilets, 20,000 construction workers, an equal number of sanitation workers, and 40,000 LED lights are in place for welcoming visitors to the Kumbh Mela. (Express photo: Vishal Srivastav)

Naga Sadhus take holy dip on auspicious Makar Sankranti during the Kumbh Melal in Allahabad (Prayagraj) on first day of the mela. (PTI)

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An estimated 12 crore people are expected to attend Kumbh Mela and 33 lakh have already taken a dip. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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A day ahead of the Kumbh Mela celebrations, a massive fire was triggered by a cylinder explosion in a tent at the site in Prayagraj on Monday. No injuries were reported in the incident. In pic: ATS deployed at Kumbh Mela premises for extra security for first Shahi Snan in Prayagraaj. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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The 55-day mela, which begins today, draws lakhs of pilgrims who arrive to bathe in the sacred confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Kumbh Mela is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years. More than 12 crore people are expected to take part in the event over the next 50 days, news agency PTI reported. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)