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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

TOPSHOT - An Indian scavenger searches f...TOPSHOT - An Indian scavenger searches for coins offered by Hindu devotees at Sangam during the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad on February 5, 2016

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An Indian man searches for coins offered by Hindu devotees at Sangam during the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad 

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 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 

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.

A Hindu holy man watches devotees at Sangam, in Allahabad, India , Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, is one of Hinduism's important centers.

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A Hindu holy man watches devotees at Sangam, in Allahabad, India. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, is one of the religion’s important centers.