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A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India, June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India

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A man carries buckets filled with water on the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad, India. Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, have no access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death 

Horse mounted policemen patrol as thousands of Indian Hindu devotees gather to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati on "Mauni Amavasya" or new moon  day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Thousands of Indian Hindu devotees gather to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati on Mauni Amavasya or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious festival Magh Mela in Allahabad, India

An Indian Hindu devotee arrives early morning at the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Makar Sankranti festival in Allahabad, India, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of the sun's northward movement according to the solar calendar and considered to be auspicious.

Rajesh Kumar Singh

An Indian Hindu devotee arrives early morning at the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Makar Sankranti festival in Allahabad, India, Friday

A female Hindu pilgrim dries sarees, a traditional Indian cloth used for women's clothing, after taking a dip in the waters of Ganges river on her way to an annual trip to Sagar Island, in Kolkata...A female Hindu pilgrim dries sarees, a traditional Indian cloth used for women's clothing, after taking a dip in the waters of Ganges river on her way to an annual trip to Sagar Island, in Kolkata, India, January 11, 2016. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making the annual trip to Sagar Island for a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal on January 15 this year. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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A female Hindu pilgrim dries sarees, a traditional Indian cloth used for women’s clothing, after taking a dip in the waters of Ganges river on her way to an annual trip to Sagar Island, in Kolkata, India 

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Indian labourers construct a temporary pontoon bridge over the River Ganges for the upcoming Magh Mela festival in Allahabad on Friday

Siberian gulls hover over Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, in Allahabad, India, on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The gulls travel thousands of miles to India during the Siberian winter in October and return home in March. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Siberian gulls hover over Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, in Allahabad, India. The gulls travel thousands of miles to India during the Siberian winter in October and return home in March

 young Indian boy dressed as Hindu God Shiva walks the banks of the River Ganges looking for alms from devotees on the first day of the nine-day Navratri festival, in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.  Navaratri lasts for nine days, with three days each devoted to the worship of  the goddess of valor Durga, the goddess of wealth Lakshmi, and the goddess of knowledge Saraswati. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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A young Indian child dressed as the Hindu God Shiva walks the banks of the River Ganges looking for alms from devotees on the first day of the nine-day Navratri festival, in Allahabad, India

Men push their bicycles through the flooded banks of the river Ganges after heavy rains in Allahabad, India, on Thursday

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Men push their bicycles through the flooded banks of the river Ganges after heavy rains in Allahabad, India, on Thursday

Women cover themselves as they walk on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India on Tuesday

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Women cover themselves as they walk on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India on Tuesday

An Indian Hindu devotee bathes at Sangam...An Indian Hindu devotee bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Allahabad on February 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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A Hindu devotee bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Allahabad, India 

A Hindu woman devotee holds an oil lamp and offers prayers to the Sun god after taking a holy dip at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on "Mauni Amavasya" or new moon day, the third and most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival.

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A Hindu woman offers prayers to the Sun god after taking a dip at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on ‘Mauni Amavasya’ or new moon day, the third and most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month-long Hindu religious fair ‘Magh Mela’ in Allahabad, India.

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks after taking a holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, on a foggy winter morning, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 14, 2015. Makar Sankranti is an auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus across the country that marks the start of the harvest season.

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A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man takes a holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, on a foggy winter morning during the Makar Sankranti festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Makar Sankranti is celebrated by Hindus across the country and marks the start of the harvest season.

A Sadhu or a Hindu holyman arrives to take a holy dip at Sangam during Magh Mela in Allahabad...A Sadhu or a Hindu holyman arrives to take a holy dip at Sangam during Magh Mela in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 5, 2015. The festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the waters of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

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A sadhu, a Hindi holy man, arrives with thousands of devotees take holy dip in the waters of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers – in the northern Indian city of Allahabad for the Magh Mela religious festival 

A man fixes tarpaulin on his stall during a dust storm on the banks of the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad October 13, 2014.

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A man fixes tarpaulin on his stall during a dust storm on the banks of the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. 

A Hindu devotee dries his cloth after taking  ritualistic holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The confluence is considered one of Hinduismís holiest sites. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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A Hindu devotee dries his cloth after taking a ritualistic holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India 

An Indian fisherman rows a boat in the River Ganges, holy to Hindus, in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

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Fishermen row a boat in the Ganges, a river holy to Hindus, in Allahabad, India

Hindu priests wait for devotees at Sangam, the confluence of the Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair called "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. The signboard reads: "Muddy ground ahead, do not go ahead."

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Hindu priests wait for devotees at Sangam, the confluence of the Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair called “Magh Mela” in Allahabad, India.

A Hindu devotee prays while taking a dip early morning at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna on Makar Sankranti festival which also marks the beginning of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela that begins Tuesday.

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A Hindu devotee prays while taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, during the Makar Sankranti festival, which also marks the beginning of the 45-days Magh Mela in Allahabad, India.

Young Indian children play at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river ahead of the Magh Mela festival in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus bathe at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela.

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Children play at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, in Allahabad, India, ahead of the Magh Mela festival, when hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus will bathe there.