Millions of Hindus to enter Ganges during festival

Indian authorities braced for one of the world's largest religious gatherings with more than 10 million Hindus expected to enter the Ganges River early Monday to cleanse their sins in a festival held once every 12 years.


Naked ash-smeared holy men with long hair and beards and tridents in their hands were taking their positions for a massive procession to the riverbank in Allahabad where the Ganges joins the Yamuna River, and according to Hindu belief, the mythical Saraswati River. They plan to enter the water at the auspicious time of 5 am amid the chanting of hymns and blowing of conch shells. (AP)