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What made this bull especially Holy is the strange long wattle protrusion at the back of his hump.­ This is an excrescence of skin, similar to the wattle that goats have under their neck, but much bigger!

Pilgrims would touch the wattle for good luck, and donate money to the owner of the Holy Bull.­

Photo taken in Daraganj during the Kumbh Mela 2013 festival near Allahabad (India)

Kumbh Mela is the largest festival on Earth, taking place once every 12 years, with more than 50 million Hindu pilgrims gathering to pray and bathe in the holy Ganges river.­

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holy bull
holy cow
kumbha mela
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marigold flowers
orange flowers
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sacred cow
January 29, 2013
Baand Marg, Kumbh Mela Area I, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211005, India