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Haridwar Kumbh 2021

Devotees at Hari Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar.

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Last 'Shahi Snan' of Kumbh 2021 by devotees of Juna Akhada, in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather for the last Shahi Snan of Kumbh 2021 on the day of Purnima, or full moon, in Haridwar.

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Har Ki Pauri Ghat wears a deserted look during Kumbh Mela 2021 following a surge in COVID-19 cases, in Haridwar.

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Har Ki Pauri Ghat wears a deserted look during Kumbh Mela 2021 following a surge in COVID-19 cases, in Haridwar.

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Tents belonging to Niranjani Akhada and Anand Akhada after they annouunced end of Kumbh Mela following a surge in COVID-19 cases, in Haridwar.

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R K Mission members at their gutted camp after a fire, during ongoing Kumbh 2021, in Haridwar.

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Akhada sadhus on their way to take bath at Har Ki Pauri on 3rd Shahi Snan of ongoing Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, at Har ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, at Har ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, at Har ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, at Har ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather to offer prayers during Ganga aarti at Kumbh Mela, at Har ki Pouri, in Haridwar.

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Sadhus performs ritual during morning prayers at Kumbh Mela 2021, amid surge in Covid-19 cases across country, in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri ghat to offers prayers during Membh Mela 2021, amid surge in Covid-19 cases across country in Haridwar.

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Devotees offer prayers at Har Ki Pauri ghat, 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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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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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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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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A man blows a Conch shell as devotees take holy dips in the Ganges River 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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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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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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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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A family get their son head tonsured during Kumbh mela, in Haridwa.

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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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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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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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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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Devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri Ghat to offer prayers during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar.

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Former UP minister Akhilesh Yadav offers prayers on the banks of Ganga river during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat inaugurates various Kumbh 2021 related works in Haridwar.

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Women sanyasins of Juna Akhara take part in a ritual to become sadhavis at Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar.

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Hermits perform 'Parikrama' during Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat at Har Ki Pauri Ghat to check the preparations for the Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat at Har Ki Pauri Ghat to check the preparations for the Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar.

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Priests perform rituals at Har Ki Pauri Ghat on the banks of Ganga river, during Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar.

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Devotees queue up to undergo COVID-19 testing during Kumbh Mela 2021, at a railway station in Haridwar.

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ITBP and CRPF personnel take pledge for safe Kumbh 2021, at Har ki Pouri, Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat being welcomed by Ganga Sabha officials during his visit to Kumbh 2021 in Haridwar.

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'Naga Sadhus' gather to take a holy dip in the waters of Ganga river to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, in background group centre, with 'Naga Sadhus' in front of Ganga river to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Devotees take blessings from a hermit during a procession to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Devotees take part in a procession to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Hermits take a holy dip in the waters of River Ganga to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Hermits take a holy dip in the waters of River Ganga to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Hermits take a holy dip in the waters of River Ganga to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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'Naga Sadhus' take a holy dip in the waters of River Ganga to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Devotees take part in a procession to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Hermits take a holy dip in the waters of Ganga river to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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A 'Naga Sadhu' before taking a holy dip in the waters of Ganga river to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Hermits take a holy dip in the waters of Ganga river to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Hermits gather to take a holy dip in the waters of Ganga river to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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'Naga Sadhus' gather to take a holy dip in the waters of Ganga river to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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A 'Naga Sadhu' before taking a holy dip in the waters of Ganga river to mark 'Maha Shivratri' during the ongoing religious Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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A Naga Sadhu or Naked hindu holy man takes a holy dip in the river Ganges during Shahi snan or a Royal bath to mark Maha Shivratri festival during Kumbh mela, in Haridwar.

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Artists perform during a religious procession ahead of the 'Kumbh Mela' in Haridwar.

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Naga Sadhus participate in a procession, ahead of 'Maha Kumbh' festival, near Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar.

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Naga sadhus participate in a procession ahead of Kumbh Mela 2o21, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Haridwar.

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Naga sadhus participate in a procession ahead of Kumbh Mela 2o21, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Haridwar.

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Naga sadhus participate in a procession ahead of Kumbh Mela 2o21, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Haridwar.

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Hermits take part in a procession ahead of Kumbh 2021, in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat offers prayers during his visit to the city to review the preparedness for Kumbh 2021, in Haridwar.

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Members of Kinnar Akhara offer 'Ganga Pujan' for 'Kumbh 2021', in Haridwar.

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Naga sadhus participate in a procession ahead of Kumbh Mela 2o21, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Haridwar.

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Niranjani Akhada sadhus take part in their 'Dhwajarohan' (flag hoisting) ceremony for Kumbh 2021, in Haridwar.

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