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Kumbh Mela 2019 - Third Shahi Snan On Basant Panchami: In Pictures

The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by sadhus and other pilgrims at Sangam that dates back to at least medieval times. Pilgrims bathe in the river believing it cleanses them of their sins and ends their process of reincarnation.

February 10, 2019

Sadhus arrive at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus take ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Naga sadhus return after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus arrive to take holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Hindu holy men get ready for a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Naga sadhus on their way to take holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus return after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist and leader of the monastic order "Kinnar akhara" returns in a procession after ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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A naga sadhu proceeds towards Sangam to take bath on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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Sadhus arrive for a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Naga sadhus after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

PTI Photo/Arun Sharma

Naga sadhus after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

PTI Photo/Arun Sharma

Sadhus apply bhasmi (ashes) on each other after taking holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus proceed towards Sangam to take bath on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

PTI Photo/Arun Sharma

Naga sadhus return after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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A sadhus dries up his hait after taking a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus perform rituals for salvation after taking bath at Sangam on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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Sadhus perform rituals after holy dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Sadhus cross a pontoon bridge for a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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An aerial shot shows a sea of devotees gathered at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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An aerial shot shows a sea of devotees gathered at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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An aerial view of Sangam as sadhus and devotee take holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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Thousands of pilgrims take a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Thousands of pilgrims take a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Pilgrims arrive to take a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti arrives to take a dip at Sangam on the occasions of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on his way to take holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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