hindu guru returning from the holy bath - kumbh mela 2013 (india)

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hindu guru returning from the holy bath - kumbh mela 2013 (india)

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Hindu devotees returning from the ritual bath in the Ganges river, at the Kumbh Mela 2013 festival near Allahabad (India).

Sadhus and Hindu devotees return from the Holy bath in the Ganges river at the Sangam. The Triveni Sangam is the confluence of the Yamuna and the Ganga (Ganges) rivers, and this is the holiest place to take the ritual baths during the Kumbh Mela.

This was the morning of Kumbh Maha Snan or main bathing day, also called Mauni Amavasya, which is the the most auspicious morning for taking the holy bath in the Ganges river.

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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Photo taken on February 10, 2013
Kila Marg, Kumbh Mela Area I, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 211005, India