Kumbh Mela attracts 10 million on first day
14 January 2013 Last updated at 17:41 GMT
As many as 10 million people are expected to have bathed at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers at Allahabad in India, on the first day of Kumbh Mela.
The event, held once every 12 years, is billed as the biggest gathering of humanity on Earth, with more than 100 million people expected to attend over the next 55 days.
Yogita Limaye reports from Allahabad.