One of Hinduism's biggest religious congregations began this week with the achievement of a historic milestone. Dozens of transgender ascetics bathed at the holy confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, alongside other Hindu ascetics at the Kumbh Mela, for the first time.
Hindus believe bathing in the these holy waters at the auspicious time of the Kumbh brings salvation from the cycle of life and death.
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