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In pictures: Mahakumbh Festival in India

January 6, 2013

Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
Naga Sadhus of the Panchayati Akhada Sri Niranjani group, drink tea after completing their procession.
Naga Sadhus of the Panchayati Akhada Sri Niranjani group, drink tea after completing their procession.
A man, dressed as Hindu Goddess Kali, participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam. The Mahakumbh Festival falls every 12 years. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
A man, dressed as Hindu Goddess Kali, participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam. The Mahakumbh Festival falls every 12 years. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the congregation on the banks of Sangam during the Mahakumbh festival this month, which falls every 12th year. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the congregation on the banks of Sangam during the Mahakumbh festival this month, which falls every 12th year. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
Hindu holy men prepare for their march towards the Sangam. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
Hindu holy men prepare for their march towards the Sangam. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
A young Indian girl gives coins to an elephant during the procession. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
A young Indian girl gives coins to an elephant during the procession. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
A Naga Sadhus participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
A Naga Sadhus participates in a religious procession towards the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, as part of the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo