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The great Kumbh Mela begins at Haridwar

India | ibnlive.com | January 14, 2010, 9:09 am
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 Devotees wait for priests to conduct rituals at the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar on Wednesday.<br><br> Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering at Haridwar to participate in the Kumbh Mela or the pitcher festival.

Devotees wait for priests to conduct rituals at the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar on Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering at Haridwar to participate in the Kumbh Mela or the pitcher festival.

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 A worker shifts a barricade as devotees wait for priests to conduct rituals at the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar on Wednesday.

A worker shifts a barricade as devotees wait for priests to conduct rituals at the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar on Wednesday.

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 Priests conduct rituals on the banks of the river Ganges at Haridwar.<br><br> According to Hindu mythology Kumbh is celebrated in four places in India where drops of nectar of life is said to have fallen during a tug of war between the gods and demons in ancient times.

Priests conduct rituals on the banks of the river Ganges at Haridwar.

According to Hindu mythology Kumbh is celebrated in four places in India where drops of nectar of life is said to have fallen during a tug of war between the gods and demons in ancient times.

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 A priest takes a holy dip in the achingly chilling waters of Ganga at Haridwar on Thursday morning.<br><br> Kumbh Mela occurs after every twelve years.

A priest takes a holy dip in the achingly chilling waters of Ganga at Haridwar on Thursday morning.

Kumbh Mela occurs after every twelve years.

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[caption id=<img class="size-full wp-image-766440" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/kumbh_5_630_220 .jpg" alt="A devotee prays before the holy dip in the river Ganga at Haridwar. Haridwar will host this year's Purna Kumbh Mela from Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2010) to Shakh Purnima Snan (April 28, 2010). " /> A devotee prays before the holy dip in the river Ganga at Haridwar. Haridwar will host this year's Purna Kumbh Mela from Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2010) to Shakh Purnima Snan (April 28, 2010). [/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_766440"]<img class="size-full wp-image-766440" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/kumbh_5_630_220 .jpg" alt="A devotee prays before the holy dip in the river Ganga at Haridwar. Haridwar will host this year's Purna Kumbh Mela from Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2010) to Shakh Purnima Snan (April 28, 2010). " /> A devotee prays before the holy dip in the river Ganga at Haridwar. Haridwar will host this year's Purna Kumbh Mela from Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2010) to Shakh Purnima Snan (April 28, 2010). [/caption]">

[caption id="attachment_766440"]<img class="size-full wp-image-766440" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/kumbh_5_630_220 .jpg" alt="A devotee prays before the holy dip in the river Ganga at Haridwar. Haridwar will host this year's Purna Kumbh Mela from Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2010) to Shakh Purnima Snan (April 28, 2010). " /> A devotee prays before the holy dip in the river Ganga at Haridwar. Haridwar will host this year's Purna Kumbh Mela from Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2010) to Shakh Purnima Snan (April 28, 2010). [/caption]

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 <i>Purna Kumbh Mela</i> is celebrated in four locations: Prayag (Allahabad) at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna and Saraswati; Haridwar along the Ganga river, Ujjain along the Shipra river and Nashik along the Godavari river.

Purna Kumbh Mela is celebrated in four locations: Prayag (Allahabad) at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna and Saraswati; Haridwar along the Ganga river, Ujjain along the Shipra river and Nashik along the Godavari river.

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 A man gets his head shaved prior to joining the Kumb Mela rituals.

A man gets his head shaved prior to joining the Kumb Mela rituals.

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