- 10 updates
Millions of people have gathered on the banks of the Ganges, India, to celebrate the Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela.
The festival, which takes place every twelve years in the holy city of Allahabad, started at dawn this morning with Hindu holy men entering the sacred waters.
ITV News Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports:
Preparations are underway for the start of the Kumbh Mela festival in India, which begins tomorrow. Tens of millions of Hindus are expected to attend the festival.
Millions of Hindu worshippers are gathering in the northern Indian city of Allahabad to celebrate the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage.
The holy festival is celebrated every 12 years in the city, which marks the point where three holy rivers converge.
Tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims have begun arriving in the north Indian holy city of Allahabad for the festival Maha Kumbh Mela.
The festival, said to be one of the world's largest gatherings of people, begins with millions of pilgrims taking a bath at the junction of the three holy rivers - the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswati - to cleanse them of their sins.
Kumbh Mela brings a gathering of holy men, pilgrims and tourists to Allahabad every 12 years.
More than 40 million people congregated in the holy city at the last festival in 2001.
Latest ITV News reports
The Kumbh Mela will see up to 100 million Hindus assembling over the next two months to take a holy bath in the Ganges River in India.
Tomorrow sees the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela - a mass Hindu pilgrimage and the biggest religious event in the world.