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Kumbh Mela

Artist dressed-up as Ravana at the 33rd Surajkund International Arts and Crafts Mela 2019, in Faridabad.

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High priests of Niranjani akhada sit with garlands before leaving for Varanasi after participating in the Kumbh Mela festival at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Prayagraj.

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Swami Narendra Giri, President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, left, and other hindu holy men of Niranjani akhada prepare to leave for Varanasi after participating in the Kumbh Mela festival at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Prayagraj.

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Tribal people take part in a procession while leaving the Kumbh Mela region in Prayagraj.

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BJP President Amit Shah takes blessings of Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Avdheshanand Giri at Juna Akhara ashram during his visit to Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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BJP President Amit Shah participates in rituals after taking a holy dip at Sangam during his visit to Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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BJP President Amit Shah, accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, takes a holy dip at Sangam during his visit to Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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Former chief minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje at Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on his way to take holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti arrives to take a dip at Sangam on the occasions of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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Pilgrims arrive to take a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Thousands of pilgrims take a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Thousands of pilgrims take a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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An aerial view of Sangam as sadhus and devotee take holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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An aerial shot shows a sea of devotees gathered at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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An aerial shot shows a sea of devotees gathered at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus cross a pontoon bridge for a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus perform rituals after holy dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus perform rituals for salvation after taking bath at Sangam on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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A sadhus dries up his hait after taking a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus return after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus proceed towards Sangam to take bath on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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Sadhus apply bhasmi (ashes) on each other after taking holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus arrive for a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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A naga sadhu proceeds towards Sangam to take bath on the occasion of 'Basant Panchmi' festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagaraj.

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Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist and leader of the monastic order "Kinnar akhara" returns in a procession after ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Naga sadhus return after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus on their way to take holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Hindu holy men get ready for a ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Naga sadhus arrive to take holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Naga sadhus return after taking holy bath at Sangam on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus take ritualistic dip on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Sadhus arrive at Sangam to take a holy dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami festival during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, second left, performs rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Prayagraj.

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Union Minister for Road Transport Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Deputy Chief Minister of UP Keshav Prasad Maurya inaugurate the second phase of River Information System (RIS) between Farakka and Patna, at Sangam in Allahabad.

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Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari arrives at Sangam to take a holy dip during Kumbh Mela, in Prayagraj.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and others offer prayer after taking a holy dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela, in Prayagraj.

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Newly-initiated Naga Sadhus perform rituals at the bank of Ganga river during the ongoing Kumbh Mela festival 2019, in Prayagraj.

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A Naga Sadhu gestures near a banks of River Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad.

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A Sadhvi gets her head shaved before performing rituals on the bank of River Ganga during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, in Prayagraj.

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Pilgrims arrive to board their trains after taking a holy dip in river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, at Allahabad railway station.

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Police personnel look at the charred furniture at Yogi Mahasabha Gorakhnath Akhada camp where a fire broke out during the ongoing Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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A view of Sangam at early hours on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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A view of Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' during the Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Thousands of devotees take dips at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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An ariel view from a helicopter is seen as thousands of devotees taking dips at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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A holy woman blows a conch shell before a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus leave in a procession to take dips at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus take dips at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naked ash-smeared Naga Sadhus return to their camp after taking dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees bathe their Guru at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naked ash-smeared Naga Sadhus run to take a dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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A Naga Sadhu holy man leaves after taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus take dips at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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A Sadhu takes a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naked ash-smeared Naga Sadhus arrive for a dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naked ash-smeared Naga Sadhus arrive for a dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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A Naga Sadhu raises religious slogans as he arrives to take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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A sadhu takes a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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A sadhu holds a trident as he takes a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Transgender rights activist and Kinnar Akhada chief Achraya Mahamandaleshwar Laxmi Narayan Tripathi takes a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Members of Kinnar Akhara take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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A Sadhu takes a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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A holy man stands holding a trident and a snack on the eve of Mauni Amavasya, an important bathing day, at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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An ariel view of Sangam on the eve of the second royal bath 'Mauni Amavasya' part of the ongoing Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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An ariel view of Sangam on the eve of the second royal bath 'Mauni Amavasya' part of the ongoing Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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An aerial view of pilgrims and tents at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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An aerial view of Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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An aerial view of vehicles parked near Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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An aerial view of tents at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Thousands of Hindu devout arrive to take a dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Mauni Amavsya or the new moon day, the most auspicious day during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Naga Sadhus take a holy dip at Sangam on the auspicious 'Mauni Amavasya' day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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A 'Naga Sadhu' drives a car during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Hindu holy men participate in 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 Kumbh festival in Prayagraj.

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Holy men participate in 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 Kumbh festival in Prayagraj. The significance of nakedness is that they will not have any worldly ties to material belongings, even something as simple as clothes. This ritual that transforms selected holy men to Naga can only be done at the Kumbh festival.

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Newly initiated sadhvis participate in a ritual on the banks of River Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' participate in a ritual on the banks of River Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Newly initiated sadhus participate in a ritual on the banks of River Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat (L), Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti chief Jagadguru Hansdevacharya (C) and Pejawar Mutt's Vishweshwar Tirth Swami during 'Dharma Sansad', called by Vishwa Hindu Parishad during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad.

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Newly initiated sadhus participate in a ritual on the banks of River Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti chief Jagadguru Hansdevacharya at Vishva Hindu Parishad's 'Dharm Sansad' during the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Baba Ramdev (L) attend Vishva Hindu Parishad's 'Dharm Sansad' during the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Baba Ramdev (L) attend Vishva Hindu Parishad's 'Dharm Sansad' during the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses saints and seers during 'Dharm Sansad' called by Vishva Hindu Parishad during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath presents books to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during a meeting at Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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People walk across the pontoon bridge over the River Ganga during the ongoing Kumbh Mela 2019, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj.

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A sadhu sits on nails to express his pain-bearing skills during Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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Senior RSS leader Suresh 'Bhaiyyaji' Joshi, Shankaracharya Vasudevanand Saraswati, Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti chief Jagadguru Hansdevacharya and others attend 'Dharm Sansad' session during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad.

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Newly initiated 'sadhvis' (female sadhus) of Juna Akhara perform rituals at the bank of Ganga River during the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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Newly initiated 'sadhvis' (female sadhus) of Juna Akhara arrive to perform rituals during the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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