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Villager women stretch their sarees in the sun to dry after holy dip in the river Ganga during Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad on Monday. Photo: Brijesh Jaiswal
Devotees make their way on pontoon bridges after taking dip in the River Ganga during Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad. Photo: Brijesh Jaiswal
A young girl enjoys a biscuit while dressed as God krishna for begging at the bank of River Ganga during Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad on Monday. Photo: Brijesh Jaiswal
A devotee carries an idol of God Krishna on her head for performing rituals at the bank of River Ganga during Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad on Monday. Photo: Brijesh Jaiswal
Priests perform aarti at the Sangam on Thursday evening.PTI photo

Maha Kumbh Mela, held in Allahabad every 12 years and billed as the biggest religious gathering in the world, has seen a growing number of pilgrims and visitors for a holy bath at the confluence of the three holy rivers, Sangam, where water levels are at the lowest in many years.

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