Images of India : Magh Mela Festival…

maghmelaPriests offer prayers at the Sangam (the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers) during the Magh Mela festival in Allahabad (Feb 14). Magh Mela is an important annual Hindu ritual held on the banks of the Sangam. Magh Mela will end on March 7. Also known as the mini Kumbh Mela. The main ritual involves taking a holy dip (bathing) at the Sangam on auspicious days spread over a period of 45 days. It is widely believed that taking a holy dip on the auspicious days washes away sins and will lead to Moksha (merging with the Supreme Soul) – the ultimate aim of all Hindus.