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Kumbh Mela: Devotees rise early for second ‘Shahi Snan’ in Nashik

Nashik city and Trimbakeshwar are up for the second 'shahi snan' (holy bath) in river Godavari on Sunday (September 13) in the ongoing Kumbh Mela.

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Nashik city and Trimbakeshwar are up for the second 'shahi snan' (holy bath) in river Godavari today in the ongoing Kumbh Mela.

Devotees take a dip into the water of the holy river during the ongoing Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher festival at Ram Kund Nashik.

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A policeman, a police woman and a holy man are seen as they take a dip into the holy river on the second 'shahi snan' (holy bath) at Ram Kund, Nashik on Sunday, September 13.

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Devotees take a dip into the Godavari river on the second shahi snan during the festival.

Hindus believe taking a dip in the waters of the holy river during Kumbh Mela festival, will cleanse them of their sins.

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According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them immortality.

Devotees take holy bath on Bhadrapad Krushna Amavasya Dwitiya (2nd Shahi Snan) at Ram Kund, Nashik.

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A devotee carries a holy man (Sadhu) on his shoulder as he arrives on the banks of the river Godavari on the Second Shahi Snan during the ongoing Kumbh Mela festival, Nashik.

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Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which thousands of devotees gather to bathe in the sacred river.

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A woman offer prayers to Lord Shiva during the ongoing Kumbh Mela festival at Ram Kund, Nashik on Sunday (September 13).

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A devotee carries a Shivling on his head as he takes a dip into the waters of the holy river Godavari on the Second Shahi Snan of Kumbh Mela festival at Ram Kund, Nashik.

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Huge crowd of devotees gather for the second 'Shahi Snan' (holy bath) in the waters of the holy river Godavari on September 13 in the ongoing Kumbh Mela.

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While in Trimbakeshwar, Mahants and seers belonging to the 10 Akhadas of Shaiva sect will take out similar procession and arrive for the royal bath. Thousands of devotees will be allowed to take the holy dip till late night.

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The Nashik division of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will ply 3,000 additional buses from outer parking to inner parking at both these places for the convenience of pilgrims, MSRTC Divisional Controller Yamini Joshi said.

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Royal procession early morning by thousands of Mahants, seers of all three akadhas of Vaishnav sects - Nirmohi, Nirwani and Digambar from Tapovan to 'Ramkunda' (sacred pond) in Nashik.

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Security has been stepped up at both these places with deployment of Rapid Action Force, Quick Response Teams and platoons of State Reserve Police Force.

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The third and final 'shahi snaan' will take place at Nashik on September 18 and on September 25 at Trimbakeshwar. Simhastha Kumbh Mela, the largest congregation of faith in the world, began on July 14, with the traditional ceremony of hoisting of flags at both these places.

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