On Friday morning, many maskless devotees marched towards the river as vendors sold flowers and other wares on both sides of the road.
Last year, a big religious gathering in northern India contributed to a record rise coronavirus.
The country is again facing a surge in coronavirus cases, fuelled mostly by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, but hospitalisations are low, with most people recovering at home.
On Friday, the health ministry reported 264,202 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking India's total tally to 36.58 million.
Deaths from Covid-19 rose by 315, with total mortalities now at 485,350, the ministry said.