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Ardh Kumbh

Citizen Journalist | ibnlive.com | January 15, 2007, 8:48 pm
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 Naga Sadhus shout religious slogans while taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the 45-day long Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

Naga Sadhus shout religious slogans while taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the 45-day long Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

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 A Sadhu takes pictures at the Ardh Kumbh Melain Allahabad. Hundreds of sadhus, naked but for the ash smeared on their bodies and an occasional marigold garland took a dip on Monday.

A Sadhu takes pictures at the Ardh Kumbh Melain Allahabad. Hundreds of sadhus, naked but for the ash smeared on their bodies and an occasional marigold garland took a dip on Monday.

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 Naga Sadhus march in a religious procession before taking the holy dip. Astrologers declared Monday a 'royal bathing day' and the most auspicious of the 45-day festival that started on January 3.

Naga Sadhus march in a religious procession before taking the holy dip. Astrologers declared Monday a 'royal bathing day' and the most auspicious of the 45-day festival that started on January 3.

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 Devotees step into the river to take a holy dip on Makar Sankranti. It is believed that a person who washes him/her sins in the water of the Ganges ends the process of reincarnation.

Devotees step into the river to take a holy dip on Makar Sankranti. It is believed that a person who washes him/her sins in the water of the Ganges ends the process of reincarnation.

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 A young Sadhu participates in religious rituals along with others at the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on Makar Sankranti.

A young Sadhu participates in religious rituals along with others at the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on Makar Sankranti.

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 A pilgrim takes a holy dip in Allahabad. There were many devotees who filled their metal pots with the holy water to take home for ill or dying relatives.

A pilgrim takes a holy dip in Allahabad. There were many devotees who filled their metal pots with the holy water to take home for ill or dying relatives.

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 Yoga guru Baba Ramdev (right) takes a holy dip in the Ganges River during the on January 11. Ramdev, one of India's most multi-faceted gurus, taught yoga and gave a marketing lesson during his visit.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev (right) takes a holy dip in the Ganges River during the on January 11. Ramdev, one of India's most multi-faceted gurus, taught yoga and gave a marketing lesson during his visit.

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 A Sadhu performs yoga as he offers prayers on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh. Held once in six years, the mela is known for its most auspicious bathing days like Makar Sankranti and Maha Shivratri, which mark the end of the Ardh Kumbh.

A Sadhu performs yoga as he offers prayers on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh. Held once in six years, the mela is known for its most auspicious bathing days like Makar Sankranti and Maha Shivratri, which mark the end of the Ardh Kumbh.

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 Foreign devotees take a holy dip in Allahabad. The popularity of the Kumbh is rising among visitors from across the world who come to for the festival in order to purify their soul.

Foreign devotees take a holy dip in Allahabad. The popularity of the Kumbh is rising among visitors from across the world who come to for the festival in order to purify their soul.

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 Naga Sadhus walk back after taking the holy dip in Allahabad on Monday. Nearly half a million Hindus braved near-freezing temperatures to wash away their sins in the icy waters of the Ganges River.

Naga Sadhus walk back after taking the holy dip in Allahabad on Monday. Nearly half a million Hindus braved near-freezing temperatures to wash away their sins in the icy waters of the Ganges River.

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