Kumbh Mela Holy Bath


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A head guru sits on a float moments before the start of a procession of holy men or sadhus to the Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati rivers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on February 10, 2013. Photo - AFP


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Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims take a bracing plunge in India's sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins, in an ever-growing religious gathering that is already the world's largest. Adnan Abidi/ Reuters


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Hindu devotees pray as they stand in the waters of the Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati rivers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on February 10, 2013. Tens of millions of Hindus gathered Sunday for a holy bath in India's sacred river Ganges. Photo - Roberto Schmidt/AFP


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Hindu devotees walk past the entrance to a camp advertised with flashing decorative lights at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad tens of millions of Hindus gathered Sunday for a holy bath in India's sacred river Ganges on the most auspicious day of the world's largest religious festival. Photo - ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP


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A naga sadhu - holy man - shows off his 'jata' (long hair) as he marches with others to the Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati rivers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on February 10, 2013. Photo - ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP


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Devotees take a holy dip in the waters of Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Sarawati rivers on the auspicious day of 'Mauni Amavasya' during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad on February 10, 2013. Photo - MANAN VATSYAYANA/ AFP


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Two Hindu devotees hold the tail of a calf during a blessings ceremony at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on February 10, 2013. Photo - ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP


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A Hindu devotee prays among the crowds on the banks of the Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati rivers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on February 10, 2013.Photo - ROBERTO SCHMIDT/ AFP


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Devotees take a holy dip in the waters of Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Sarawati rivers on the auspicious day of 'Mauni Amavasya' during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad on February 10, 2013. Photo - MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP


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Devotees watch a holy procession of Indian Naga sadhus heading towards the Sangam or confluence of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Sarawati rivers on the auspicious day of 'Mauni Amavasya' during the Maha Kumbh festival. Photo - Sanjay Kanojia/AFP



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