Khumbha Mela is a massive fair where Hindus gather to bath in the Ganga river. The pilgrimage takes place every three years, rotating amongst four different locations in India, depending on the position of Jupiter and the sun. This year the festival is held in Haradwar as the sun is in Aries. It lasts for 42 days attracting millions of people. In 1998, when Khumbha was in Haradwar attendance was reported being ten millions. Devotees believe that taking a bath in the river will wash their sins away so they begin life anew.
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