Hindus give praise to Ganges

Hundreds of Hindu devotees flocked to take a dip in the Ganges yesterday to celebrate Ganga Dashahara festival in the north Indian city of Allahabad.

The festival celebrates the Ganges river, which is regarded as sacred by Hindus. Believers travel to the Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - the Ganga, the Yamuna and Saraswati - to bathe at the "birth" of India's longest river.

Hindus believe that bathing in the river will wash away their sins and offer special prayers to the Goddess Ganga before the monsoon season.