Maha Kumbh 2013

Jan 08, 2013, 12:34 PM IST
Indian policemen offer prayers to the River Ganges during preparations for the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Indian policemen offer prayers to the River Ganges during preparations for the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Artist Rajkapoor Chitera makes a sand sculpture during preparations for the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Artist Rajkapoor Chitera makes a sand sculpture during preparations for the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy men, participate in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy men, participate in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

A Naga Sadhu, or Naked Hindu holy man, fires in the air during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A Naga Sadhu, or Naked Hindu holy man, fires in the air during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy men, during a religious procession as they arrive for Mahakumbh, in Allahabad.
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Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy men, during a religious procession as they arrive for Mahakumbh, in Allahabad.

Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy men, arrive during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy men, arrive during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

A Naga Sadhu, or Naked Hindu holy man, takes part in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A Naga Sadhu, or Naked Hindu holy man, takes part in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

A Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy man, participate in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A Naga Sadhus, or Naked Hindu holy man, participate in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

Foreign Hindu devotees arrive for a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Foreign Hindu devotees arrive for a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

Naga Sadhus, or naked Hindu holy men of the Anand Akhada group, participate in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Naga Sadhus, or naked Hindu holy men of the Anand Akhada group, participate in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

A man, dressed as Hindu Goddess Kali, participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A man, dressed as Hindu Goddess Kali, participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev throws flower petals to devotees as he participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev throws flower petals to devotees as he participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Indians watch a religious procession by Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Indians watch a religious procession by Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Hindu devotees walk with a chariot carrying a statue depicting the monkey God Hanuman, during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Hindu devotees walk with a chariot carrying a statue depicting the monkey God Hanuman, during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, carries a pot containing artificial flowers on his head during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, carries a pot containing artificial flowers on his head during a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, arrive in a religious procession to participate in the Maha Kumbh Mela at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad.
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Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, arrive in a religious procession to participate in the Maha Kumbh Mela at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad.

Thousands of Hindu devotees gather at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river on Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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Thousands of Hindu devotees gather at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river on Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

Naked Hindu holy men or a Naga Sadhus leave from their camp for a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on one of the most auspicious day Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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Naked Hindu holy men or a Naga Sadhus leave from their camp for a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on one of the most auspicious day Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

Naked Hindu holy men or a Naga Sadhus arrive at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati for a dip on one of the most auspicious day Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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Naked Hindu holy men or a Naga Sadhus arrive at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati for a dip on one of the most auspicious day Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

Hindu holy men, or Naga Sadhus, run naked into the water at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy men, or Naga Sadhus, run naked into the water at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

Hindu holy man, or Naga Sadhu, swings his head as he bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy man, or Naga Sadhu, swings his head as he bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

Hindu holy man, or Naga Sadhus, swings his hair as he bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy man, or Naga Sadhus, swings his hair as he bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

Hindu holy men, or Naga Sadhus, run naked into the water at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy men, or Naga Sadhus, run naked into the water at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

Hindu holy men, or Sadhus, run into the water at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy men, or Sadhus, run into the water at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

Hindu perform prayer rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Hindu perform prayer rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

Hindu boy is held by his father as they go for a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Hindu boy is held by his father as they go for a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath on Makar Sankranti at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

Holy men move in a procession towards Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati for a holy dip n one of the most auspicious days, Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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Holy men move in a procession towards Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati for a holy dip n one of the most auspicious days, Makar Sankranti, the first day of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

Hindu holy men talk sitting outside their camp at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy men talk sitting outside their camp at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

Hindu holy man talks on his mobile outside his camp at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy man talks on his mobile outside his camp at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

Hindu priest offers blessings to devotees at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Hindu priest offers blessings to devotees at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

An Indian Hindu priest performs an evening prayer ritual known as Arti, at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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An Indian Hindu priest performs an evening prayer ritual known as Arti, at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

An Indian Hindu holy man, or Naga Sadhu,performs naked following an evening prayer ceremony at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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An Indian Hindu holy man, or Naga Sadhu,performs naked following an evening prayer ceremony at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

An Indian Rajasthani woman peers out from her veil as she waits for a train to return home after attending the Maha Kumbh festival, at a railway station in Allahabad.
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An Indian Rajasthani woman peers out from her veil as she waits for a train to return home after attending the Maha Kumbh festival, at a railway station in Allahabad.

Indian Hindu devotees perform rituals and prayers at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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Indian Hindu devotees perform rituals and prayers at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, ties his hair at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.
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A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, ties his hair at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

An Indian Sadhu, or hindu holy man, performs evening rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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An Indian Sadhu, or hindu holy man, performs evening rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

Hindu holy men perform evening prayers at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy men perform evening prayers at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

A Hindu holy man performs yoga at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
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A Hindu holy man performs yoga at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

A Hindu holy man, prostrates as he pays respect to a senior holy man at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A Hindu holy man, prostrates as he pays respect to a senior holy man at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Hindu holy men, pour milk into the waters as they performs rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy men, pour milk into the waters as they performs rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

A Hindu devotee gasps after a dip in the cold water at
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A Hindu devotee gasps after a dip in the cold water at " Sangam ", the meeting point of Indian holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, on occasion of " Paush Purnima ", considered to be very auspicious according to Hindu calendars, during the Maha Kumbh festival.

A Hindu holy man flaunts his hair at at
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A Hindu holy man flaunts his hair at at "Sangam," the meeting point of Indian holy rivers of Ganges and Yamuna on the occasion of "Paush Purnima," auspicious according to Hindu calendars, during the Maha Kumbh festival.

A foreigner offers prayers at
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A foreigner offers prayers at "Sangam", the meeting point of Indian holy rivers of Ganges and Yamuna on the occasion of "Paush Purnima", auspicious according to Hindu calendars, during the Maha Kumbh festival.

A newly initiated Hindu monk of the Shri Panchayati Naya Udasin
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A newly initiated Hindu monk of the Shri Panchayati Naya Udasin "akhara" or sect, poses for a photograph during the Maha Kumbh festival.

Bhola Das, right, shows a photo of his guru as his wife Durga Devi keeps him dry his hair during the Maha Kumbh festival.
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Bhola Das, right, shows a photo of his guru as his wife Durga Devi keeps him dry his hair during the Maha Kumbh festival.

A young boy dressed as Lord Ram and another as his wife Sita are carried by devotees during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A young boy dressed as Lord Ram and another as his wife Sita are carried by devotees during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Leader Swami Avdheshanand Giri arrives to initiate Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara during rituals that is believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a `Naga` or naked holy men, at Sangam.
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Leader Swami Avdheshanand Giri arrives to initiate Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara during rituals that is believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a `Naga` or naked holy men, at Sangam.

Kistel De Cat, 37, of Quebec, Canada, a devotee of Hindu holy woman Sai Maa, worships her during a consecration ceremony at Vishwayatan Satua Baba’s camp at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Kistel De Cat, 37, of Quebec, Canada, a devotee of Hindu holy woman Sai Maa, worships her during a consecration ceremony at Vishwayatan Satua Baba’s camp at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Chief priest of Mahanirvani Akhara, Swami Maheshwaranand Puri with his foreign devotees shout slogans after consecration ceremony at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh festival, in Allahabad.
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Chief priest of Mahanirvani Akhara, Swami Maheshwaranand Puri with his foreign devotees shout slogans after consecration ceremony at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh festival, in Allahabad.

A brass band participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A brass band participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

A foreign tourist campaigns for a clean Prayag, another name for Allahabad at the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna during the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A foreign tourist campaigns for a clean Prayag, another name for Allahabad at the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna during the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad.

Baba Ramdev performs yoga at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Baba Ramdev performs yoga at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

A Naga Sadhu watches as Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect arrive for a rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a `Naga` or naked holy men, at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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A Naga Sadhu watches as Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect arrive for a rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a `Naga` or naked holy men, at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect get ready for a rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a `Naga` or naked holy men, at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect get ready for a rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a `Naga` or naked holy men, at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Two Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara are being taken on a motorcycle by their teacher at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.
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Two Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara are being taken on a motorcycle by their teacher at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect take a dip in the river Ganges during a rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a
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Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect take a dip in the river Ganges during a rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a "Naga" or naked holy men, at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna River during the Maha Kumbh festival.

A Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect listens to their spiritual leader after rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a
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A Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect listens to their spiritual leader after rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a "Naga" or naked holy men, at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna River during the Maha Kumbh festival.

Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect smokes tobacco in between a rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a
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Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect smokes tobacco in between a rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a "Naga" or naked holy men, at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna River during the Maha Kumbh festival.

Indian Hindu holy men, some covered in ash, walk in procession after bathing at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Maha Kumbh festival.
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Indian Hindu holy men, some covered in ash, walk in procession after bathing at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Maha Kumbh festival.