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Magnificent display of devotion at Kumbh Mela as country celebrates Basant Panchami

Basant Panchami heralds the arrival of the spring season and marks the start of the preparation for the festival of Holi which occurs 40 days later.

While India celebrates the spring festival today, Prayagraj's ongoing mega Mela - Kumbh 2019 - saw millions of devotees, saints and ascetics take a holy dip at Triveni Sangam.

Here's taking a look at Basant Panchami celebrations at Kumbh 2019 in Uttar Pradesh's holy city, Prayagraj. 

Rituals for salvation

Sadhus perform rituals for salvation after taking bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchmi festival during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagaraj.

Basant Panchmi celebrations at Kumbh mela

A procession on its way for holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela.

The third sacred bath

The Kumbh witnesses altogether three 'Shahi Snans', the first of took place on Makar Sankranti (January 15) and the third and the last was scheduled on Basant Panchmi today.

Naga sadhus at Triveni Sangam

Naga sadhus arrive to take holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela.

Performing 'arti'

A devotee performs 'arti' after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela.

The holy dip

A sadhu dries up his hair after taking a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

Sea of devotion

A sea of devotees gathered at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela on Sunday.