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  • An elderly Hindu woman takes a holy dip at Gangasagar, India, January 14, 2013.
  • Hindu devotees arrive in the northern city of Allahabad to attend the first grand bath of the Kumbh Mela, India, January 14, 2013.
  • An Indian Hindu man jumps up and down in the water as he takes a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India, January 14, 2013.
  • Hindu holymen prepare to take a holy dip during first grand bath of the Kumbh Mela, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, January 14, 2013.
  • An Indian Hindu volunteer carries a life preserver as he watches the fence line in the bathing area at Sangam at the start of Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India, January 14, 2013.
  • Hindu devotees cross pontoon bridges spanning the river Ganges during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at the ongoing "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, January 14, 2013.

Millions of Hindus Flock to the Ganges

Published January 14, 2013

Hindus plunged into the waters of the holy Ganges River Monday, marking the beginning of the world's largest religious festival. The Kumbh Mela festival is held every 12 years and will see up to 100 million people gather over the next 55 days to take a ritual bath in the Ganges..


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