Indian sadhus of Juna Akhara order arrive to the Kumbh Mela festival area to mark their land on the bank of the Gange river in Allahabad on December 20. Photo: AFP

India goes all out for Kumbh Mela as election looms, expects 150 million to attend world's largest religious festival

  • With a general election due by May, the northern state of Uttar Pradesh has transformed a smaller Ardh, or ‘half’ Kumbh Mela, into a full version
  • Organisers are erecting temporary bridges, 600 mass kitchens, more than 100,000 portable toilets, and vast tents, each sleeping thousands of pilgrims
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Indian sadhus of Juna Akhara order arrive to the Kumbh Mela festival area to mark their land on the bank of the Gange river in Allahabad on December 20. Photo: AFP
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