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A Naga Sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, performs evening rituals after a holy dip at Sangam, during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad. Devotees arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna at the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.  Devotees arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna at the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad. A foreign devotee bearing a tattoo of Hindu Lord Shiva on his back is seen in Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna at the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad. A woman carries a coconut as she takes part in morning prayers while bathing at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. Foreigners pray at Maha Kumbh in Allahabad. Thousands of devotees taking holy bath at 'Hari ki Paudi' on the last day of Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Sadhus of Maha Nirvan Akhara during a prayers at the end of Maha Kumbh in Haridwar. An elderly devotee collects water from the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar. Huge rush of devotees at Haridwar station as they return after last Royal Bath of the Kumbh Mela. Sadhus take a holy dip in the River Ganga during the main Royal Bath at the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar. Sadhus of Juna Akhara proceed for Royal Bath in River Ganga during Maha Kumbh in Haridwar. A Sadhu preaches as passersby worship and leave alms on the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar. BJP leader Sushma Swaraj takes bath on the occasion of Baisaki during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and BJP President Nitin Gadkari performing Ganga puja in Haridwar. Thousands of pilgrims flocking to Brahma Kund on Ganga for 'Kumbh snan' on the occasion of Baisaki, in Haridwar. Devotees offer prayers on the banks of the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar. Devotees looking at the smoke billowing out of a camp after a fire at Haridwar Maha Kumbh. Sadhus taking bath during the 4th Shahi Snan (royal bath) during the onoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. 

A vendor sells plastic cans meant for filling water from the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Devotees perform rituals on the banks of the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. An ash-smeared Naga sadhu, swings his head to display his long dreadlocks after bathing in the River Ganga during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar. Sadus cheer as they take dips in River Ganga during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar. A devotee performs rituals on the banks of the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Priests carrying the idol of Tirupati Balaji to perform his Kumbh Snan at Hari ki Paudi in Haridwar. Niranjani Akhara sadhus arrive to take holy dip at Brahma Kund in the Ganga river on the occasion Somvati Amavasya during the festival of Mahakumbh in Haridwar. A view of an illuminated Har Ki Pauri during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Devotees take holy dip in river Ganga on the occasion of Somvati Amawasya during festival of Mahakumbh in Haridwar. Devotees gather to bathe in Ganga during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar. People after taking 'Sanyas' at bank of river Ganga during Mahakumbh at Haridwar. One of the Bairagi sadhus performing with a ring during a procession at Mahakumbh in Haridwar. Bairagi sadhus have arrived at the Maha Kumabh for the second main bath. Naga sadhus on their way to take holy dips holy dips in river Ganga at Hari ki Paudi on the occasion of first Shahi Snan at Mahakumbh in Haridwar. Sadhus of an Akhara on the way to take holy dip in river Ganga on the occasion of first Shahi Snan at Mahakumbh in Haridwar. Naga sadhus take holy dips at Brahma Kund of Hari ki Paudi on the occasion of first Shahi Snan during the Mahakumbh festival in Haridwar. Naga sadhus taking holy dips in the River Ganga on the occasion of first Shahi Snan during the Mahakumbh festival in Haridwar. A foreigner Naga Sadhu, bathes with others on the first Shahi Snan, in the river Ganga during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Thousands of Devotees take holy dip on the first Shahi Sisnan, in the river Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. A devotee take a dip in the river Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. A Naga sadhu smokes as he participates in a procession during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Devotees perform evening rituals on the banks of the river Ganga during the Kumbh Mela at 'Har-ki-Pauri' in Haridwar. A devotee offers prayers as others take a ritual dip in River Ganga during the Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar. Sadhus participate in a procession as they ask for alms called during the Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar. 
Naga Sadhus participate in a procession during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. A Naga Sadhu, participates in a procession during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Naga Sadhus sit inside their tent during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Pilgrims take holy dip in the River Ganga as part of months long Kumbh Mela festival, in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. A storm like scene after showering of flower petals by a helicopter during the procession of Niranjan Akhara at Haridwar Kumbh. A woman offering prayers after taking holy dip at Sangam, confluence of three rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, on the occasion of Maghi Purnima in Allahabad. Sadus of Naranjani Akhada errecting the 'Dharam Dhwaja' at Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. People bathe on 'mauni amavasya', an auspicious day for Hindus that falls during the months-long Kumbh Mela, on the banks of the river Ganga at Haridwar. The administration and police have geared up to control hundreds of thousands of people that will gather along the Ganga in the coming months to celebrate the Kumbh Mela. Devotees taking holy dip in the river Ganga on the auspicious occasion of Mauni Amavasya during Maha Kumbh at Haridwar. Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at the religious city to participate in the ongoing Maha Kumbh festival. Devotees hold prayer lamps as they perform evening rituals on the banks of the river Ganga at Haridwar. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children entered the fast-moving waters of the river, in a holy ritual at the Kumbh Mela, touted as the largest religious gathering in the world which is expected to attract more than 10 million people during the next three months. Devotees sleep after bathing in the river Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Devotees offer prayers while taking a dip in the River Ganga on the first day of the Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar. 14, 2010. Thousands of devotees took a dip in the icy waters of the Ganges river marking the start of a months long festival expected to attract more than 10 million people. A family offers prayers while taking a dip in the River Ganga on the first day of the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Devotees took a dip in the icy waters of the Ganga river marking the start of the months long festival expected to attract more than 10 million people. Devotees return after taking holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, in Allahabad. Thousands of devotees have gathered at Sangam for the holy bath on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. A Hindu devotee bathes in river Ganga, during the annual traditional Magh Mela fair in Allahabad. Devotees arrive at the religious city of Haridwar for Makarsankranti Snan, the first ceremonial bath of the Mahakumbh 2010. Security personnel keep strict vigil in Haridwar. The administration and police have geared up to control hundreds of thousands of people who will gather along the Ganges in the coming months to celebrate Kumbh festival. Devotees rush after priests arrive to conduct rituals at the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering at Haridwar to participate in one of the holiest of Hindu festivals, that of Kumbh. A sadhu, adjusts his dreadlocks on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad. Sadhus are gathering for allotment of land to set up their tents for the upcoming Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. <b>Hema Malini</b><br>The Kumbh Mela and the multiple colours of mystic India Hindu devotees offer prayers at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the 'Ardh Kumbh Mela' in Allahabad. Millions of devotees and Hindu holy men are participating in the 45-day long pilgrimage with the intention of washing away their sins. Children search for coins which are offered by devotees in the polluted waters of the Ganges at Sangam, during the 

'Ardh Kumbh Mela' in Allahabad. Millions of devotees and Hindu holy men are participating in the 45-day long pilgrimage 

with the intention of washing away their sins. Ash-smeared Naga sadhus take out a procession at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati on Basant Panchami, in Allahabad. Basant Panchami marks the last shahi snan, or royal bathing day in the 45-day long pilgrimage in which millions of Hindu devotees and holy men participate with the intention of washing away their sins. A young sadhu tries on sunglasses offered to him by a foreign tourist as other sadhus participate in rituals to rid themselves of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving god as 'Naga' sadhus, during the Ardh Kumbh in Allahabad. <b>Monday 15 January</b><br>
Naga Sadhus shout religious slogans after taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and 

mythical Saraswati during the 45-day long Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. About 5 million people are expected to have 

taken a dip by the end of the day, declared a 'royal bathing day' by astrologers and the most auspicious of the 45-day 

festival that started January 3. Yoga guru Swami Ramdev takes a holy dip in the Ganges during the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. Nearly 70 million sadhus and pilgrims are expected to participate in the 45-day congregation, one of the largest regular gatherings in the world. A sadhu performs yoga as he offers prayers on the banks of the River Ganga during the 'Ardh Kumbh Mela' in Allahabad. Hundreds of thousands of devotees and sadhus are expected to take part in the largest religious congregation on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, which falls once every six years. <b>Mahakumbh </b><br><a href=full.asp?fodname=20010122&fname=Kumbh+%28F%29&sid=1 target=_blank>January 22, 2001</a><br>The banal modern meets sombre tradition in an explosion of a million images in Allahabad A girl prays as a relative pours holy water on her head at the Lord Shiva Temple at Kumbakonam, about 275 kilometers  south-west of Chennai. Thousands of devotees have congregated in the  town to observe Mahamaham, an auspicious time once in 12 years, where they take a holy dip to wash away their sins. <b>WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27</b><br>Police try to control pilgrims taking a dip in the River Godavari at the Kumbh Mela in Nasik. The collapse of a barricade set off a stampede of thousands of people killing at least 35 people and injuring 72 others. Police try to control pilgrims taking a dip in the River Godavari at the Kumbh Mela in Nasik. The collapse of a barricade set off a stampede of thousands of people killing at least 35 people and injuring 72 others. <b>MONDAY, AUGUST 18</b><br>Devotees take a dip in the river Godavari at the Kumbh Mela in Nasik. <b>WEDNESDAY, JULY 30</b><br>Devotees take a dip in the river Godavari at Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Despite monsoon floods that have submerged temples, hundreds of thousands of people thronged to Rajahmundry and Nasik, in Maharashtra, for the month long Kumbh Mela that started Wednesday. <b>SATURDAY, AUGUST 2</b><br>Devotees bathe, as an idol of Hanuman looks over at the river Godavari in Nasik. Millions of pilgrims are expected to take part in the month long Kumbh Mela here. Policemen stand guard as devotees crowd behind in the River Godavari on the first day of the month-long Kumbh Mela in Nasik, Wednesday, July 30, 2003. Makar Sankranti. 5:30 am. Juna Nagas charge into Sangam waters Bathers on Makar Sankranti, the first shahi snan of the 144th Kumbh Pilgrims waving VHP Leaflets after a visit to the Ram temple model at their camp At a Raslila in the ashram of Jagadguru Badri Ka Shankaracharya Devotees camp in the open in floodlit Kumbhnagar, ready for the auspicious early morning dip. Juna sadhus in their tents accept cash offerings from devotees. Juna Nagas break into a dance after the shahi snan: solemn and spry A family offers shraadh for its ancestors on the banks of the Sangam. A Juna mahant checks out a handycam An old woman offers prayers after the holy dip
Mar 01, 2013
A Naga Sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, performs evening rituals after a holy dip at Sangam, during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 24, 2013
Devotees arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna at the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 24, 2013
Devotees arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna at the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 24, 2013
A foreign devotee bearing a tattoo of Hindu Lord Shiva on his back is seen in Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna at the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jan 15, 2013
A woman carries a coconut as she takes part in morning prayers while bathing at Sangam during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer
Jan 15, 2013
Foreigners pray at Maha Kumbh in Allahabad.

- PTI Photo
Apr 28, 2010
Thousands of devotees taking holy bath at 'Hari ki Paudi' on the last day of Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Apr 19, 2010
Sadhus of Maha Nirvan Akhara during a prayers at the end of Maha Kumbh in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Apr 15, 2010
An elderly devotee collects water from the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Apr 15, 2010
Huge rush of devotees at Haridwar station as they return after last Royal Bath of the Kumbh Mela.

- PTI Photo
Apr 14, 2010
Sadhus take a holy dip in the River Ganga during the main Royal Bath at the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Apr 14, 2010
Sadhus of Juna Akhara proceed for Royal Bath in River Ganga during Maha Kumbh in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Apr 13, 2010
A Sadhu preaches as passersby worship and leave alms on the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Kevin Frayer
Apr 13, 2010
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj takes bath on the occasion of Baisaki during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Apr 13, 2010
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and BJP President Nitin Gadkari performing Ganga puja in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Apr 13, 2010
Thousands of pilgrims flocking to Brahma Kund on Ganga for 'Kumbh snan' on the occasion of Baisaki, in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Apr 12, 2010
Devotees offer prayers on the banks of the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Kevin Frayer
Apr 05, 2010
Devotees looking at the smoke billowing out of a camp after a fire at Haridwar Maha Kumbh.

- PTI Photo
Apr 02, 2010
Sadhus taking bath during the 4th Shahi Snan (royal bath) during the onoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Apr 01, 2010
A vendor sells plastic cans meant for filling water from the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Apr 01, 2010
Devotees perform rituals on the banks of the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Mar 31, 2010
An ash-smeared Naga sadhu, swings his head to display his long dreadlocks after bathing in the River Ganga during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Mar 30, 2010
Sadus cheer as they take dips in River Ganga during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Mar 30, 2010
A devotee performs rituals on the banks of the River Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Mar 20, 2010
Priests carrying the idol of Tirupati Balaji to perform his Kumbh Snan at Hari ki Paudi in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Mar 15, 2010
Niranjani Akhara sadhus arrive to take holy dip at Brahma Kund in the Ganga river on the occasion Somvati Amavasya during the festival of Mahakumbh in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Mar 15, 2010
A view of an illuminated Har Ki Pauri during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Mar 15, 2010
Devotees take holy dip in river Ganga on the occasion of Somvati Amawasya during festival of Mahakumbh in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Mar 14, 2010
Devotees gather to bathe in Ganga during the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Mar 12, 2010
People after taking 'Sanyas' at bank of river Ganga during Mahakumbh at Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Mar 04, 2010
One of the Bairagi sadhus performing with a ring during a procession at Mahakumbh in Haridwar. Bairagi sadhus have arrived at the Maha Kumabh for the second main bath.

- PTI Photo
Feb 12, 2010
Naga sadhus on their way to take holy dips holy dips in river Ganga at Hari ki Paudi on the occasion of first Shahi Snan at Mahakumbh in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Feb 12, 2010
Sadhus of an Akhara on the way to take holy dip in river Ganga on the occasion of first Shahi Snan at Mahakumbh in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Feb 12, 2010
Naga sadhus take holy dips at Brahma Kund of Hari ki Paudi on the occasion of first Shahi Snan during the Mahakumbh festival in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Feb 12, 2010
Naga sadhus taking holy dips in the River Ganga on the occasion of first Shahi Snan during the Mahakumbh festival in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo/Aman Sharma
Feb 12, 2010
A foreigner Naga Sadhu, bathes with others on the first Shahi Snan, in the river Ganga during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Feb 12, 2010
Thousands of Devotees take holy dip on the first Shahi Sisnan, in the river Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 11, 2010
A devotee take a dip in the river Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Feb 10, 2010
A Naga sadhu smokes as he participates in a procession during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 10, 2010
Devotees perform evening rituals on the banks of the river Ganga during the Kumbh Mela at 'Har-ki-Pauri' in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Feb 10, 2010
A devotee offers prayers as others take a ritual dip in River Ganga during the Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 09, 2010
Sadhus participate in a procession as they ask for alms called during the Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 09, 2010
Naga Sadhus participate in a procession during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 09, 2010
A Naga Sadhu, participates in a procession during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 09, 2010
Naga Sadhus sit inside their tent during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 08, 2010
Pilgrims take holy dip in the River Ganga as part of months long Kumbh Mela festival, in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

- AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh
Feb 08, 2010
A storm like scene after showering of flower petals by a helicopter during the procession of Niranjan Akhara at Haridwar Kumbh.

- PTI Photo
Jan 30, 2010
A woman offering prayers after taking holy dip at Sangam, confluence of three rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, on the occasion of Maghi Purnima in Allahabad.

- PTI Photo
Jan 28, 2010
Sadus of Naranjani Akhada errecting the 'Dharam Dhwaja' at Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- PTI Photo
Jan 15, 2010
People bathe on 'mauni amavasya', an auspicious day for Hindus that falls during the months-long Kumbh Mela, on the banks of the river Ganga at Haridwar. The administration and police have geared up to control hundreds of thousands of people that will gather along the Ganga in the coming months to celebrate the Kumbh Mela.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Jan 15, 2010
Devotees taking holy dip in the river Ganga on the auspicious occasion of Mauni Amavasya during Maha Kumbh at Haridwar. Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at the religious city to participate in the ongoing Maha Kumbh festival.

- PTI Photo/Aman Sharma
Jan 14, 2010
Devotees hold prayer lamps as they perform evening rituals on the banks of the river Ganga at Haridwar. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children entered the fast-moving waters of the river, in a holy ritual at the Kumbh Mela, touted as the largest religious gathering in the world which is expected to attract more than 10 million people during the next three months.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Jan 14, 2010
Devotees sleep after bathing in the river Ganga, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Jan 14, 2010
Devotees offer prayers while taking a dip in the River Ganga on the first day of the Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar. 14, 2010. Thousands of devotees took a dip in the icy waters of the Ganges river marking the start of a months long festival expected to attract more than 10 million people.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Jan 14, 2010
A family offers prayers while taking a dip in the River Ganga on the first day of the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Devotees took a dip in the icy waters of the Ganga river marking the start of the months long festival expected to attract more than 10 million people.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Jan 14, 2010
Devotees return after taking holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, in Allahabad. Thousands of devotees have gathered at Sangam for the holy bath on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

- PTI Photo
Jan 13, 2010
A Hindu devotee bathes in river Ganga, during the annual traditional Magh Mela fair in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jan 13, 2010
Devotees arrive at the religious city of Haridwar for Makarsankranti Snan, the first ceremonial bath of the Mahakumbh 2010.

- PTI Photo
Jan 13, 2010
Security personnel keep strict vigil in Haridwar. The administration and police have geared up to control hundreds of thousands of people who will gather along the Ganges in the coming months to celebrate Kumbh festival.

- PTI Photo
Jan 13, 2010
Devotees rush after priests arrive to conduct rituals at the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering at Haridwar to participate in one of the holiest of Hindu festivals, that of Kumbh.

- PTI Photo/Aman Sharma
Dec 18, 2009
A sadhu, adjusts his dreadlocks on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad. Sadhus are gathering for allotment of land to set up their tents for the upcoming Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Oct 08, 2008
Hema Malini
The Kumbh Mela and the multiple colours of mystic India

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Feb 01, 2007
Hindu devotees offer prayers at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the 'Ardh Kumbh Mela' in Allahabad. Millions of devotees and Hindu holy men are participating in the 45-day long pilgrimage with the intention of washing away their sins.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jan 24, 2007
Children search for coins which are offered by devotees in the polluted waters of the Ganges at Sangam, during the 'Ardh Kumbh Mela' in Allahabad. Millions of devotees and Hindu holy men are participating in the 45-day long pilgrimage with the intention of washing away their sins.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jan 23, 2007
Ash-smeared Naga sadhus take out a procession at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati on Basant Panchami, in Allahabad. Basant Panchami marks the last "shahi snan," or royal bathing day in the 45-day long pilgrimage in which millions of Hindu devotees and holy men participate with the intention of washing away their sins.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jan 17, 2007
A young sadhu tries on sunglasses offered to him by a foreign tourist as other sadhus participate in rituals to rid themselves of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving god as 'Naga' sadhus, during the Ardh Kumbh in Allahabad.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jan 15, 2007
Monday 15 January
Naga Sadhus shout religious slogans after taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the 45-day long Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. About 5 million people are expected to have taken a dip by the end of the day, declared a 'royal bathing day' by astrologers and the most auspicious of the 45-day festival that started January 3.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jan 11, 2007
Yoga guru Swami Ramdev takes a holy dip in the Ganges during the "Ardh Kumbh Mela" in Allahabad. Nearly 70 million sadhus and pilgrims are expected to participate in the 45-day congregation, one of the largest regular gatherings in the world.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Jan 09, 2007
A sadhu performs yoga as he offers prayers on the banks of the River Ganga during the 'Ardh Kumbh Mela' in Allahabad. Hundreds of thousands of devotees and sadhus are expected to take part in the largest religious congregation on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, which falls once every six years.

- AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Oct 06, 2005
Mahakumbh
January 22, 2001
The banal modern meets sombre tradition in an explosion of a million images in Allahabad

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Mar 05, 2004
A girl prays as a relative pours holy water on her head at the Lord Shiva Temple at Kumbakonam, about 275 kilometers south-west of Chennai. Thousands of devotees have congregated in the town to observe Mahamaham, an auspicious time once in 12 years, where they take a holy dip to wash away their sins.

- AP Photo/M. Lakshman
Aug 30, 2003
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27
Police try to control pilgrims taking a dip in the River Godavari at the Kumbh Mela in Nasik. The collapse of a barricade set off a stampede of thousands of people killing at least 35 people and injuring 72 others.

- Reuters
Aug 27, 2003
Police try to control pilgrims taking a dip in the River Godavari at the Kumbh Mela in Nasik. The collapse of a barricade set off a stampede of thousands of people killing at least 35 people and injuring 72 others.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Aug 23, 2003
MONDAY, AUGUST 18
Devotees take a dip in the river Godavari at the Kumbh Mela in Nasik.

- Aijaz Rahi / AP
Aug 02, 2003
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30
Devotees take a dip in the river Godavari at Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Despite monsoon floods that have submerged temples, hundreds of thousands of people thronged to Rajahmundry and Nasik, in Maharashtra, for the month long Kumbh Mela that started Wednesday.

- P Anil Kumar / AP
Aug 02, 2003
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Devotees bathe, as an idol of Hanuman looks over at the river Godavari in Nasik. Millions of pilgrims are expected to take part in the month long Kumbh Mela here.

- Aijaz Rahi / AP
Jul 30, 2003
Policemen stand guard as devotees crowd behind in the River Godavari on the first day of the month-long Kumbh Mela in Nasik, Wednesday, July 30, 2003.

- Aijaz Rahi / AP
Jan 13, 2001


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Jan 13, 2001
Makar Sankranti. 5:30 am. Juna Nagas charge into Sangam waters

- Prashant Panjiar
Jan 13, 2001
Bathers on Makar Sankranti, the first shahi snan of the 144th Kumbh

- Prashant Panjiar
Jan 13, 2001
Pilgrims waving VHP Leaflets after a visit to the Ram temple model at their camp

- Prashant Panjiar
Jan 13, 2001
At a Raslila in the ashram of Jagadguru Badri Ka Shankaracharya

- Prashant Panjiar
Jan 13, 2001
Devotees camp in the open in floodlit Kumbhnagar, ready for the auspicious early morning dip.

- Prashant Panjiar
Jan 13, 2001
Juna sadhus in their tents accept cash offerings from devotees.

- Prashant Panjiar
Jan 13, 2001
Juna Nagas break into a dance after the shahi snan: solemn and spry

- Prashant Panjiar
Jan 13, 2001
A family offers shraadh for its ancestors on the banks of the Sangam.

- Prashant Panjiar
Jan 13, 2001
A Juna mahant checks out a handycam

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Jan 13, 2001
An old woman offers prayers after the holy dip

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Apr 13, 2010
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj takes bath on the occasion of Baisaki during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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