Saraswati

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

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.