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12:46 2021-01-14

Up to 1m Hindus gather in India as festival goes ahead amid Covid fears

Millions more expected to descend on Haridwar in coming weeks for Kumbh Mela despite pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUp to a million Hindu pilgrims have gathered on the banks of the River Ganges in northern India, marking the start of a major religious festival that is taking place despite the risks of Covid infection.Millions more are expected to descend on Haridwar in the coming weeks for Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s biggest religious gatherings. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in the belief that the sacred waters will cleanse them of their sins.

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