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Kumbh Mela

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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Models walk the ramp displaying khadi wear at Khadi Fashion Show organized by the National Khadi Village Industries during the ongoing Kumbh Mela-2019, in Allahabad.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Aditya Nath Yogi along with his Cabinet colleagues arrives to take bath at Sangam after a Cabinet meeting during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and others arrive to take a holy dip in the water of River Ganga at Sangam during the ongoing Kumbh Mela-2019, in Allahabad.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath takes a holy dip in the water of River Ganga at Sangam during the ongoing Kumbh Mela-2019, in Allahabad.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev demonstrates yoga at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, third from left, and Swami Narendra Giri, left, President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad attend a ceremony after Hindu holy men were initiated as Naga Sadhus at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' perform rituals on the bank of river Ganga, during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' perform rituals on the bank of river Ganga, during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

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Yoga Guru Ramdev with Akhada Parishad President Mahant Narendra Giri and newly-initiated 'Naga Sadhus' on the banks of the Ganges river during the ongoing Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other offer prayers at Bade Hanuman Temple ahead of a cabinet meeting during Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives to offer prayer at Akshayavat ahead of a cabinet meeting during Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and others at Bade Hanuman Temple ahead of a cabinet meeting during Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

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Newly-initiated 'Naga Sadhus' perform a ritual on the banks of the Ganges river during the ongoing Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad.

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Yoga Guru Ramdev with Akhada Parishad President Mahant Narendra Giri and newly-initiated 'Naga Sadhus' on the banks of the Ganges river during the ongoing Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad.

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' perform rituals on the bank of river Ganga, during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' arrive to perform rituals on the bank of river Ganga, during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

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Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav prays as he takes holy dip during Kumbh mela in Allahabad.

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Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav during a meet with Akhara Parishad President Narendra Giri and other sadhus during Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

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Sadhus arrive at Sangam to take a holy bath on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Female Sadhus take holy dip on auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Sadhus arrive at Sangam to take a holy bath on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus take holy dip on auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Naga Sadhus take a holy bath at Sangam on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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A Naga sadhu sits inside his tent during the ongoing Kumbh Mela- 2019 in Prayagraj.

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NRIs delegates, who attended the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas function, during a visit to the Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.

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Non-resident Indians (NRI) take a holy dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela or pitcher festival after attending the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Alakh Sadhus arrive at Sangam during Kumbh Mela or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Bollywood actress Hema Malini performs in a dance drama 'Ma Ganga' at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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A view of the tents and huts of Sadhus and pilgrims after rains during the ongoing Kumbh Mela-2019, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus participate in a procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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Young sadhu participate in a procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.

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A foreign devotee takes ritualistic dips with others at Sangam during Kumbh Mela or Pitcher festival at Prayagraj Uttar Pradesh state.

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Uttar Pradesh government officials throw rose petals from a helicopter on devotees taking ritualistic dips at Sangam, on 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela or Pitcher festival, in Allahabad.

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An aerial view of Kumbh city at Sangam, on the auspicious day of "Paush Purnima" during Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival at Prayagraj.

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An aerial view of Kumbh city at Sangam, on the auspicious day of "Paush Purnima" during Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival at Prayagraj.

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A sadhu holds a trident as he takes a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj

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Devotees take a holy dip at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' during Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Allahabad (Prayagraj)

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A sadhu rides bike at Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad

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A sadhu at his tent during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad

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A view of Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj as seen from Indian Remote Sensing Satellite Cartosat 2.

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President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind greet the crowd after performing 'Ganga Pujan' at Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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President Ram Nath Kovind, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other ministers perform 'Ganga Pujan' at Sangam during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Sadhus during the ongoing Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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A sea of devotees gathered to take bath at Sangam on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the first Shahi Snan, during Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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A sea of devotees gathered to take bath at Sangam on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the first Shahi Snan, during Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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Akhara Naga Mahila Sadhu take a holy bath at Sangam on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, transgender activist and chief of the Kinnar Akhara, takes a ritualistic dip on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, transgender activist and chief of the Kinnar Akhara, takes a ritualistic dip on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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Saints of Shri Panchayati Bada Udasin return to their camp at the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati on Makar Sankranti at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.

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Saints of Shri Panchayati Bada Udasin return to their camp at the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati on Makar Sankranti at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Saints of Shri Panchayati Naya Udasin Akhada give a ritualistic bath to their tutelary deity Jagatguru Srichandra Bhagwan at the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati on Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu holy men, and other pilgrims.

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

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Naga Sadhus arrive at Sangam to take a holy bath on the auspicious Makar Sankranti day during the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, in Prayagraj.

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