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Devotees throng river ganga on Somvati Amavasya in Varanasi

Somvati Amavasya

Lakhs of devotees today took a holy dip in the Ganga on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya, the second major bath of the ongoing Ardhakumbh festival here.
Devotees began arriving at Har ki Pauri and other ghats in the wee hours with police saying that over 20 lakh people took the dip amidst tight security.
Police PRO Manoj Negi said that with the festival said to have been a potential target for terrorists, elaborate arrangements had been made to secure the event, for which an estimated crowd of over 50 lakh devotees had gathered.