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Kumbh Mela attendees bath in the Ganges

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 00:41

Feb. 15 - Thousands gather for last Royal Bath of the Kumbh Mela. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Thousands of ash smeared Hindu holy men and devotees marked the last Royal Bath of the Kumbh Mela with a dip in the Ganges. The Kumbh Mela festival, the largest largest gathering of humans at a single place, comes to an end next month. Up to 100 million pilgrims and Hindu ascetics are expected to attend the two-month festival. It is held every 12 years in a temporary city covering an area larger than Athens, spread over a wide sandy river bank in Allahabad at the point where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet the Saraswati, a mythical river. The festival grows in size every time it is held and is considered the world's largest temporary gathering of people.

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Kumbh Mela attendees bath in the Ganges

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 00:41