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Kumbh Mela 2021: A Glimpse At The Shahi Snan With Covid-19 Norms In Place

Thousands of saffron-clad seers and ash-smeared Nagas flouted Covid-19 norms and converged at Har Ki Pairi for a holy dip in the Ganga during the second royal bath of the Kumbh Mela.

April 12, 2021

Naked Hindu holy men gather to take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, in Haridwar, northern state of Uttarakhand. Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees gathered by the Ganges River for special prayers Monday, many of them flouting social distancing practices as the coronavirus spreads in India with record speed.

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Sadhus during the second Shahi Snan (Royal Bath) at Har Ki Pouri, during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar.

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Sadhus during the second Shahi Snan (Royal Bath) at Har Ki Pouri, during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar.

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Hindu devotees gather to take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, in Haridwar, northern state of Uttarakhand. Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees gathered by the Ganges River for special prayers Monday, many of them flouting social distancing practices as the coronavirus spreads in India with record speed.

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A devotee pours milk as they gather to take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, in Haridwar, northern state of Uttarakhand. Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees gathered by the Ganges River for special prayers Monday, many of them flouting social distancing practices as the coronavirus spreads in India with record speed.

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Devotees take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Naga Sadhu or Naked Hindu holy men wait for the start of a procession towards the river Ganges for Shahi snan or a Royal bath during Kumbh mela, in Haridwar.

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A woman talks to a Hindu holy man before the start of a procession for Shahi snan or a Royal bath during Kumbh mela, in Haridwar.

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Devotees take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, in Haridwar.

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Devotees take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, in Haridwar.

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A Naga Sadhu or Naked Hindu holy man smokes before taking a holy dips in the river Ganges during Shahi snan or a Royal bath during Kumbh mela, in Haridwar.

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A Naga Sadhu or Naked Hindu holy man rubes ash as he prepares to take holy dips in the river Ganges during Shahi snan or a Royal bath during Kumbh mela, in Haridwar.

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Workers clean the steps as thousands of devotees arrive to take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Naked holy men take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism, in Haridwar.

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Devotees stand behind barricades as they wait for Naga Sadhu or Naked Hindu holy men to arrive for Shahi snan or a Royal bath during Kumbh mela, in Haridwar.

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Devotees take holy dips in the river Ganges during Shahi snan or a Royal bath at Kumbh mela, in Haridwar.

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A man blows a Conch shell as devotees take holy dips in the Ganges River during Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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