Magh mela

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.