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Scenes from the Kumbh Mela pilgrimages in India

Record-breaking number of Hindu pilgrims try to wash away their sins in the Ganges Sunday at the Kumbh Mela

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Hindu devotees walk across pontoon bridges to take a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Maha Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India , Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions of devout Hindus and thousands of Hindu holy men are expected to take a dip at Sangam on Sunday, the most auspicious day according to the alignment of stars, for the entire duration of Maha Kumbh festival, which lasts for 55 days.

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A sadhu or Hindu holy man shouts while holding a "trishul" or trident-shaped weapon after taking a dip during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath), of the ongoing "Kumbh Mela" or Pitcher Festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad February 10, 2013.

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Devout Hindus bathe at Sangam, the confluence of Hindu holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh festival at Allahabad, India, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

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A Hindu devotee takes a dip during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath), of the ongoing "Kumbh Mela" or Pitcher Festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad February 10, 2013.

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An Indian Hindu woman standing on a barricade tries to take a glance of Indian holy men at "Sangam," the confluence of Hindu holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh festival at Allahabad, India, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

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Sadhus or Hindu holy men wearing marigold garlands line up as they prepare to take a dip during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath), of the ongoing "Kumbh Mela" or Pitcher Festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad February 10, 2013.

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A Hindu devotee prays after a holy dip at 'Sangam', the confluence of Hindu holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh festival at Allahabad, India, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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