A Hindu devotee offers prayers after taking a ritualistic bath at the Triveni Sangam, the meeting point of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, during the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad, India, on Jan. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) (Caption amended by RNS)

(AP) — The Magh Mela is an annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims in Allahabad, India, on the banks of the Triveni Sangam — the confluence of three rivers considered holy by Hindus: the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims make the journey over the 45-day period of Magh Mela, which

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