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.