Hindu pilgrims gathered at the Ganges river in India, Thursday, despite Covid-19 pandemic to mark the Kumbh Mela, a religious festival that regularly attracts millions.
India is now struggling with a massive coronavirus outbreak, as it is now the second most coronavirus infections in the world, with over 150,000 deaths. However, Hindus decided to carry out the annual pilgrimage to Haridwar in northern India.
"The pandemic is a bit of a worry, but we are taking all precautions," according to the organiser Siddharth Chakrapani, who expected between 800,000 and a million people to attend on Thursday alone.
Hindu mythology believes that gods and demons have conducted a war over a sacred pitcher containing the nectar of immortality.