Ganges

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.

Jitendra Prakash/Reuters

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. Read more

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)

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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 Read more

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

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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."

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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.

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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.

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

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.

Labourers brush their teeth on the banks of the Ganges

REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Labourers brush their teeth with neem twigs on the banks of the Ganges river in Kolkata, India.

In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 photo, a Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, and a dog rest in an alleyway in Varanasi, India. Narrow alleyways, known as gullies, leading to the banks of the Ganges River make up a large part of the city, sacred to Hindus and one of the oldest living cities in the world.

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

A Sadhu and a dog rest in an alleyway in Varanasi, India. Narrow alleyways, known as gullies, leading to the banks of the Ganges River make up a large part of the city, sacred to Hindus and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Read more

An Indian youth dangles from a power lin...An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad on August 6, 2013. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall. AFP PHOTO/ SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad, which has been swollen by the monsoon.

A man jumps from a bridge across the River Ganges

Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

A man jumps from a bridge across the River Ganges which is flooded after heavy monsoon rains in Allahabad, India. India’s monsoon season, which runs from June through September, brings rains that are vital to agriculture but also cause floods and landslides.