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Holy waters, sacred ash
Hundreds of thousands of Hindu faithful including ash-smeared holy men gather in the Indian city of Nashik on the banks of the River Godavari, as devotees from all walks of life bathe in the holy waters.

Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, is celebrated in four different Indian cities over a period of 12 years. This time round pilgrims congregate in Nashik, in the western state of Maharashtra.
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September 13, 2015
A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, smokes inside his tent during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at...
Trimbakeshwar, India
A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, smokes inside his tent during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at...
A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, smokes inside his tent during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in Trimbakeshwar, India, September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 28, 2015
Hindu devotees pray while standing in the Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival...
NASHIK, India
Hindu devotees pray while standing in the Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival...
Hindu devotees pray while standing in the Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 28, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 27, 2015
A Naga sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, applies ash at his camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the...
Trimbakeshwar, India
A Naga sadhu applies ash at his camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in...
A Naga sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, applies ash at his camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 27, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 27, 2015
Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men wait inside their camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher...
Trimbakeshwar, India
Naga sadhus wait inside their camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...
Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men wait inside their camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 27, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 27, 2015
Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, arrive at a camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher...
Trimbakeshwar, India
Naga Sadhus arrive at a camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...
Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, arrive at a camp before a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 27, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 27, 2015
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, sit on a chariot as they take part in a procession during Kumbh Mela or the...
Trimbakeshwar, India
Sadhus sit on a chariot as they take part in a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in...
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, sit on a chariot as they take part in a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 27, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 18, 2015
A Naga Sadhu or a Hindu holy man arrives at his makeshift tent outside a temple during Kumbh Mela in...
Trimbakeshwar, India
A Naga Sadhu or a Hindu holy man arrives at his makeshift tent outside a temple during Kumbh Mela in...
A Naga Sadhu or a Hindu holy man arrives at his makeshift tent outside a temple during Kumbh Mela in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 18, 2015. The Kumbh Mela takes place four times every 12 years at four different river bank locations in India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 27, 2015
Devotees wait for the start of a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar,...
Trimbakeshwar, India
Devotees wait for the start of a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...
Devotees wait for the start of a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 27, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 18, 2015
Musicians rest as they wait to take part in a parade during the "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival...
Trimbakeshwar, India
Musicians rest as they wait to take part in a parade during the "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival...
Musicians rest as they wait to take part in a parade during the "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 18, 2015. The Kumbh Mela takes place four times every 12 years at four different river bank locations in India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 18, 2015
A devotee dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva waits to participate in a parade during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher...
Trimbakeshwar, India
A devotee dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva waits to participate in a parade during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher...
A devotee dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva waits to participate in a parade during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar, India, August 18, 2015. The Kumbh Mela takes place four times every 12 years at four different river bank locations in India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 26, 2015
A Hindu devotee leaves after taking a dip in the waters of the river Godavari during Kumbh Mela or the...
NASHIK, India
A Hindu devotee leaves after taking a dip in the waters of the river Godavari during Kumbh Mela or the...
A Hindu devotee leaves after taking a dip in the waters of the river Godavari during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 26, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 26, 2015
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, pray on the banks of Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival...
NASHIK, India
Sadhus pray on the banks of Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, pray on the banks of Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 26, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 26, 2015
Hindu devotees pray on the banks of river Godavari during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik,...
NASHIK, India
Hindu devotees pray on the banks of river Godavari during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik...
Hindu devotees pray on the banks of river Godavari during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 26, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 28, 2015
A boy cries as he is dipped by his relatives in the Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher...
NASHIK, India
A boy cries as he is dipped by his relatives in the Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher...
A boy cries as he is dipped by his relatives in the Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 28, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 29, 2015
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves after taking a dip in the Godavari river during the first "Shahi...
NASHIK, India
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves after taking a dip in the Godavari river during the first "Shahi...
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves after taking a dip in the Godavari river during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 29, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 26, 2015
Devotees stand near an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesha, on the banks of Godavari river during...
NASHIK, India
Devotees stand near an Ganesha idol, on the banks of Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher...
Devotees stand near an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesha, on the banks of Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 26, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 29, 2015
Sadhus or Hindu holy men are controlled by police as they arrive to take a dip in the Godavari river...
NASHIK, India
Sadhus or Hindu holy men controlled by police as they arrive to take a dip in the Godavari river in...
Sadhus or Hindu holy men are controlled by police as they arrive to take a dip in the Godavari river during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 29, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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August 28, 2015
Hindu devotees pray on the banks of Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik,...
NASHIK, India
Hindu devotees pray on the banks of Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik...
Hindu devotees pray on the banks of Godavari river during "Kumbh Mela" or the Pitcher Festival in Nashik, India, August 28, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus took part in the religious gathering at the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik city at the festival, which is held every 12 years in different Indian cities. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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September 13, 2015
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, gives blessings to devotees during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at...
Trimbakeshwar, India
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, gives blessings to devotees during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at...
Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, gives blessings to devotees during the second "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in Trimbakeshwar, India, September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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