The Magh Mela is an annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims in Prayag,Allahabad, on the banks of Sangam,the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. This Mela is held every year during the Hindu month of Magh (corresponding from mid January to mid February) and the important bathing dates are spread over a period of almost 45 days. It commences on the day of Makar Sankranti in January, which is the first important bathing day. A large number of people arrive here annually and stay in makeshift houses or tents at the Sangam, spending the entire month of Magh in prayers. Every year during this period massive arrangements are made for the devotees coming to this Mela. This include establishment of a temporary tented township, roads, transport services, water supply, electricity and sanitation facilities, medical and policing. Every twelfth year, the Magh Mela is transformed into the Kumbh Mela.
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