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In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela Festival

Millions of Hindu pilgrims gather in India's Allahabad city for one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.
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Millions of Hindu devotees gather in the northern Indian city of Allahabad for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela 
ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Worshippers believe that bathing in the River Ganges during the festival will absolve them from sin 
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Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher festival is held in Allahabad once every 12 years 
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Indian policemen on horseback clear the way for a religious procession near the banks of the Ganges 
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A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, smokes marijuana on the banks of river Ganges ahead of the festival
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Sadhus, give up worldly pleasures and live away from the mainstream Indian life and culture
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The Kumbh Mela is believed to be the largest gathering of Hindus in the world
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According to Hinduism, it is believed that on a certain day at a certain time, four drops from a cask of heavenly nectar landed in four locations along the route of the River Ganges
Manish Swarup/AP
It is the most revered of rivers in the Hindu faith, even though it is one of the five of the most polluted rivers in the world
ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Millions of Hindus immerse themselves into the confluence of the Yamuna and Ganga, which meets with the mythical river Saraswati, during the 55 -day festival
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In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela Festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905Millions of Hindu pilgrims gather in the northern Indian city of Allahabad for the Kumbh Mela, which is believed to be one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. en-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:48:49 GMTMon, 14 Jan 2013 08:03:45 GMTIn Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=04eBbmu1Hd3Fz

Millions of Hindu devotees gather in the northern Indian city of Allahabad for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela 

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Millions of Hindu devotees gather in the northern Indian city of Allahabad for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela 

In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festival
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Worshippers believe that bathing in the River Ganges during the festival will absolve them from sin 

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=0bko9YhapX0ATROBERTO SCHMIDTAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Worshippers believe that bathing in the River Ganges during the festival will absolve them from sin 

INDIA-RELIGION-KUMBH MELA
In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=01ubdYy3RagU1

Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher festival is held in Allahabad once every 12 years 

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=01ubdYy3RagU1REUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher festival is held in Allahabad once every 12 years 

In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festival
In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=03B9bIV1LUc6M

Indian policemen on horseback clear the way for a religious procession near the banks of the Ganges 

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=03B9bIV1LUc6MREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

Indian policemen on horseback clear the way for a religious procession near the banks of the Ganges 

In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festival
In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=05yc6lx3NUbRk

A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, smokes marijuana on the banks of river Ganges ahead of the festival

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=05yc6lx3NUbRkREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, smokes marijuana on the banks of river Ganges ahead of the festival

In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festival
In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=0eCU4oD9J9ftY

Sadhus, give up worldly pleasures and live away from the mainstream Indian life and culture

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=0eCU4oD9J9ftYGetty ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

Sadhus, give up worldly pleasures and live away from the mainstream Indian life and culture

In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festival
In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=03ji9Zyf42fjN

The Kumbh Mela is believed to be the largest gathering of Hindus in the world

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=03ji9Zyf42fjNREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

The Kumbh Mela is believed to be the largest gathering of Hindus in the world

In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festival
In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=0auV9Rpb0i2FG

According to Hinduism, it is believed that on a certain day at a certain time, four drops from a cask of heavenly nectar landed in four locations along the route of the River Ganges

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According to Hinduism, it is believed that on a certain day at a certain time, four drops from a cask of heavenly nectar landed in four locations along the route of the River Ganges

In Pictures: India's Kumbh Mela festival
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It is the most revered of rivers in the Hindu faith, even though it is one of the five of the most polluted rivers in the world

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=03ynaxp7ZM8H2Manish SwarupAPAP Photo

It is the most revered of rivers in the Hindu faith, even though it is one of the five of the most polluted rivers in the world

No title given
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Millions of Hindus immerse themselves into the confluence of the Yamuna and Ganga, which meets with the mythical river Saraswati, during the 55 -day festival

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:56:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1358146128905?image_id=00qgcBecuz1CXROBERTO SCHMIDTAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Millions of Hindus immerse themselves into the confluence of the Yamuna and Ganga, which meets with the mythical river Saraswati, during the 55 -day festival

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