Hindu devotees bathe on the banks of Sangam
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India's Kumbh Mela festival holds most auspicious day

10 February 2013 Last updated at 09:48 GMT

The main day of bathing is taking place at India's Kumbh Mela, with more than 30 million pilgrims expected to take a dip at the confluence of India's Ganges and Yamuna rivers.

This is the most auspicious of six bathing days at the event, billed as the biggest human gathering on Earth.

In all, up to 100 million pilgrims are expected to bathe in the holy waters in January and February at the 55-day Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years.

Sanjoy Majumber reports.