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Thousands of pilgrims have gathered at the River Ganges to mark India's Kumbh Mela festival, undeterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of pilgrims have gathered at the River Ganges to mark Kumbh Mela, India's biggest Hindu festival, undeterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of pilgrims have gathered at the River Ganges to mark Kumbh Mela, India's biggest Hindu festival, undeterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

India's Kumbh Mela festival, widely considered to be the world's largest human gathering, begins amid Covid concerns

Hindu pilgrims in India have begun gathering along the Ganges River on the first day of Kumbh Mela, despite coronavirus restrictions, in what is often described as the largest religious festival in the world.

Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, begins in India despite coronavirus concerns.

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims gather on the river Ganges in India for Kumbh Mela, a religious festival that attracts millions each time it is held. The country has the second largest number of coronavirus infections in the world, but devout Hindus still made the pilgrimage.

Hindu pilgrims begin to gather in India for the Kumbh Mela festival that regularly attracts millions, amid COVID-19 risks

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Coronavirus fails to deter India's massive Ganges pilgrimage. Some 800,000 to a million people are expected to attend the start of the Kumbh Mela festival on Thursday alone

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India holds massive ‘Kumbh Mela’ festival amid COVID worries

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Even in a sea of people, you can feel like the loneliest soul. But take heart, for there might be another’s just like yours. ?‍♀️❤️ A tale about how India's Kumbh Mela festival brought together two elderly soulmates, told in stunning 360-degree video. ????

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India's Kumbh Mela festival happens every 12 years. This year, it's likely to draw 15 million pilgrims looking to take a dip in the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers. "The water is very cold, but once you have a bath – it's sort of a miracle, you know?"

Pilgrims from across the world gather in India for Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins on Tuesday, garnering extra attention ahead of a general election in the Hindu-majority country this year via

The world's largest religious gathering gets underway today, with tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims congregating in India to bathe in sacred rivers for the Kumbh Mela ? Chandan Khanna

Kumbh Mela was included in the list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. Last year, UNESCO accorded Ahmedabad the status of India’s first ‘Heritage City’. Chennai, on account of its glorious tradition of music, has been included in the list of Creative Cities by UNESCO.

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