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Tens of millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges for Kumbh Mela festival

Indian Hindu holy men, some covered in ash, walk in procession after bathing at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges. Photo: AP

Ash-smeared naked saints led the ritual bathing before dawn - which is said to cleanse pilgrims of their sins - with millions following them into the swirling river waters at the festival site in Allahabad in northern India.

Sunday, 10 February, 2013, 1:50pm

Naked holy men lead thousands into Ganges dip as holy festival starts

Sadhus bathe at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, at the start of the Kumbh Mela. Photo: AP

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, led by naked, ash-covered holy men, streamed into the sacred river Ganges yesterday at the start of the world's biggest religious festival.

The Kumbh Mela in the Indian town of Allahabad will see up to 100 million Hindus gather over the next 55 days to take a ritual bath in the holy waters, believed to cleanse sins and bestow blessings.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:52am

Pilgrims flock to the Ganges for world’s biggest festival

Hindu holy men run towards Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati for a dip. Photo: AP

Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday.

14 Jan 2013 - 5:52pm