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A Hindu devotee at the Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

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Rare individuals who who live in isolation for years only coming out to make the holy pilgrimage down to the sacred Ganges River, and to share their knowledge.

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Sadhu - Maha Kumbh Mela, India. No thing!

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Haridwar and Rishikesh, on the Ganges, are two famous destinations located in the north part of India. These hill stations have many shrines and temples.

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The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu festival held every 12 years and its exact timing is decided by the zodiac. Hindu pilgrims have been arriving at Allahabad to participate in the Maha Kumbh Mela since 14 January 2013. Most pilgrims stay in a tented city on the flood plains of the River Ganges. Image (C) James Emolo - Maha Kumbh Mela

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Over 100 million people at 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

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Tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take holy dip to celebrate India's Kumbh Mela festival

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Sadhu with live snake & chillum, Varanasi, India

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Always my dream to visit the Ganges in India for the Maha Kumbh Mela