Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016: In Pics

The Ardh Kumbh Mela began at Har ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar on Tuesday. At least 1 million devotees are expected to take bath in the holy river this year.

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016, 16:52 PM IST
Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016: In Pics
A Hindu holy man takes a dip in the River Ganges on the first auspicious bathing day of the Ardh Kumbh festival at Haridwar

Haridwar: The Ardh Kumbh Mela began at Har ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar on Tuesday. At least 1 million devotees are expected to take bath in the holy river this year.

The Ardh Kumbh Mela was inaugurated by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who also offered prayer at the ghat. The observance of Maha Kumbh Mela has achieved international popularity as 'The biggest act of faith'.

This year, the Ardh Kumbh Mela will take place in the holy city of Haridwar from January 12 till April 22, when the last festive bath of Chaitra Shukla Purnima takes place. The entire Har-ki-Pauri ghat has been decorated with flowers and illuminated with colorful lights, giving the sanctum sanctorum (Holi of Holies) an altogether different look.

Every year millions of pilgrims come to participate in the holy event of Maha Kumbh with tremendous faith. Thousands of devotees take bath in the holy Indian river to absolve themselves of their sins and seek salvation for the souls of their ancestors. 

(Pic Courtesy: ANI, Lucky Tiwari)