Kumbh Mela is the greatest pilgrimage and festival in the Hindu religion. The event is a religious and cultural spectacle which occurs once in 12 years attracting participants from around the globe to take a dip in the holy waters of Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati. Maha Kumbh Festival 2013 is speculated to be one of the biggest congregations in the history of mankind. Last Maha Kumbh witnessed the participation of 70 million people. It is estimated that 100 million may participate this year.
Below are a few pictures of pilgrims arriving preceding the Mauninan Amavasya Snan, the most auspicious bathing date, on February 10.