decorated holy cow

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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.­

For more photos and info about the Kumbh Mela festival, read the album description.

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Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 Cows India 2013
Baand Marg, Kumbh Mela Area I, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211005, India