The much-awaited annual event of Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, is slated to be even bigger and better in 2019.

Although it is usually spread over a 20 km radius, the Kumbh Mela — set to begin on January 15 and continue till March 4 — will be sprawled across 45 km this year.

Authorities are expecting approximately 100 million visitors to come for a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati Rivers.

Ahead of the festival, preparations are under full swing to construct 22 temporary pontoon bridges.

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