Devotees taking a holy dip at the Sangam — the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers — during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, previously know as Allahabad. Image Credit: AFP

As many as 150 million people are expected to come to the festival city of Prayagraj to bathe at the confluence of three rivers considered holy in Hinduism — the Ganges, the Yamuna, and a mythological third one, the Saraswati. Hindus believe bathing in the Ganges at the time of the Kumbh absolves people of sins.

Devotees taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
The devotees gathered to take a holy dip during Kumbh Mela, in Prayagraj. Image Credit: REUTERS

The Mela commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti, the first bathing day, and the Mahashivratri on March 4 will mark its last bathing day.

A sea of devotees gathered at Sangam, the confluence of three rivers, to take a holy dip during the Kumbh Mela, in Prayagraj. Image Credit: PTI

According to Kumbh Mela administration, till February 9, as many as 140 million devotees have already visited the place.

An aerial view shows the temporary pontoon bridges built over the Ganges River during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
Devotees at the Sangam where the rivers Ganga and Yamuna meet, as well as the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
An aerial view shows the temporary camp set up for devotees at the Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
The devotees gathered to take a holy dip during Kumbh Mela, in Prayagraj. Image Credit: REUTERS
Devotees taking a holy dip at the confluence of three rivers during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
Pilgrims arrive at the confluence of three rivers during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
Devotees taking a holy dip at the confluence of thre rivers during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
Pilgrims arrive at the confluence of threr rivers during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
An aerial view of Sangam as sadhus and devotees take holy dip during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: PTI
An aerial view shows the temporary camp set up for devotees at the Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
Devotees taking a holy dip at Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
Pilgrims arriving at the Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
Devotees gathered to take a holy dip at the Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: REUTERS
Pilgrims at the main point of the Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
Devotees arriving at the Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: AFP
An aerial shot shows a sea of devotees gathered at Sangam to take a holy dip during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Image Credit: PTI