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Kumbh Mela India: Tens of thousands gather ‘to wash their sins’ amid Covid-19 concerns

Thousands of pilgrims begun to gather on the banks of India’s Ganges river at the start of the Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest human gathering amid Covid-19 concerns.

The event is one among the most auspicious events in the Hindu calendar. The festival goes on for three-and-a-half months usually, but this time the event will be held only for 48 days.

Hundreds bathed on day one of the festival, seeking to wash away sins. Hindus believe bathing will help them attain “moksha”, setting them free from the cycle of birth and death.

The event is being held in the northern holy town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand state.

Officials claimed that the event was being organised keeping in mind Covid-19 protocols, but reports claim that most bathers did not wear masks nor following physical distancing protocols.

Normally the event would attract tens of thousands of people, but this time around the crowds were lesser.

District officials have warned people to come only after they’ve tested negative.