The Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gathering in the world with over millions of attendees conducting ritual bathing in the river during peak hours. The most auspicious time to enter the river is set by the positioning of the sun, moon, and Jupiter. The Mela occurs every 3 years at one of four locations, two of which are on the Ganges River, the most sacred river in India. The festival occurs over a two month period with 5 or 6 peak bathing days, for which travelers come from all over the country. These pictures are from the Haridwar Kumbh Mela at the site where the Ganges River leaves the Himalayas and enters the plains of India.