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Maha Kumbh concludes with millions taking Moksha-dip on Mahashivratri
The 55-day long Maha Kumbh concluded with an estimated five million devotees taking their dip on Sunday, March 10, at the Sangam in Allahabad on the fifth snan or bathing on Mahashivratri. With a good weather and tight security arrangements, devotees thronged the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers to end their most sacred pilgrimage.

With the final bathing and chants of 'Har Har Gange', the biggest religious gathering in the world, came to an end. However, various akharas and nagas had left the Mela area after the third and last shahi snan on Basant Panchami to be in Varanasi for a holy dip in the Ganga on the eve of Mahashivratri.

According to the official website of Maha Kumbh, the fair has a mesmerizing influence over the minds of Indians as it is witness to the largest human gathering in history for the same cause on a single day, irrespective of any worldly barriers of caste, creed, colour and religion.

"It is once in a lifetime experience seeing millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come together for a common goal- this spectacle of faith is truly unforgettable," adds the website.

It may be recalled that Maha Kumbh Mela takes place every twelve years at one of four places, namely, Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. The Mela in its different forms alternates between Prayag, Nashik, Ujjain and Haridwar every third year. The Ardh Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at only two places, Haridwar and Prayag. The next Kumbh Mela will be held in Nashik in 2015.

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