Nashik Kumbh 'Shahi Snan'

Sep 14, 2015, 14:38 PM IST
a Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, jumps in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India.
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a Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, jumps in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India.

A Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, prepares to take a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India.
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A Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, prepares to take a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India.

Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy men, take a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India.
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Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy men, take a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India.

An Indian woman prays after taking a holy dip on the second
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An Indian woman prays after taking a holy dip on the second "shahi snan" or royal bath in the River Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival in Nasik, India.

An Indian woman devotee prays after a holy dip on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India.
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An Indian woman devotee prays after a holy dip on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India.

A family takes a holy dip on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India.
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A family takes a holy dip on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India.

An elderly Hindu devotee applies a vermilion mark on his forehead after a holy dip on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India.
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An elderly Hindu devotee applies a vermilion mark on his forehead after a holy dip on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India.

A father carries his son for a holy dip on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India.
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A father carries his son for a holy dip on the second 'shahi snaan' or royal bath in the river Godavari during the ongoing Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India.