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A Bihari Hindu
priest, smeared with coloured powder, looks on after the completion of a ritual
at the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical
Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad on March 6. The
Kumbh Mela in the town of Allahabad will see up to 100 million worshippers
gather over 55 days to take a ritual bath in the holy waters, believed to
cleanse sins and bestow blessings. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
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