Maha Kumbh Mela saw record 120 million devotees (PHOTOS)


The 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela, which ended on Sunday, saw a record 120 million devotees wash their sins away in the holy waters near Allahabad.

The festival is celebrated every 12 years, where the Ganga and Yamuna rivers meet the mythical Saraswati. 

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"Over 60 million people attended the festival in 2001 and this time we believe 120 million people have participated," festival chief Mani Prasad Mishra told Agence France Presse.

"We built a tent city to celebrate the Kumbh Mela and now we are tearing it down."

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