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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.