The festival has its roots in a Hindu tradition that says the Lord Vishnu wrested a golden pot from demons containing the nectar of immortality.

In a 12-day fight for possession, four drops fell to earth, in the cities of Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. At every three years, a Kumbh Mela is held at one of these spots, with the festival at Allahabad the holiest of them all.

The Kumbh Mela in Nasik came after a period of 12 years, starting on July 14, as pilgrims, holy men and saints have been partaking in rituals.


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