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Staggering pictures from the world's largest festival as 10million Hindu pilgrims bathe naked in the Ganges for Kumbh Mela (and 100MILLION more are on their way)

Staggering pictures from the world's largest festival as 10million Hindu pilgrims bathe naked in the Ganges for Kumbh Mela

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Staggering pictures from the world's largest festival as 10million Hindu pilgrims bathe naked in the Ganges for Kumbh Mela (and 100MILLION more are on their way)

Staggering pictures from the world's largest festival as 10million Hindu pilgrims bathe naked in the Ganges for Kumbh Mela

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A mysterious mystic Saddhu that live alongs the holy Ganges river in Hardwar and Rishikesh...in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. Powerful, these holy men can cast magical spells, both healing and destructive. "Naga Baba" Martin Prihoda

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Always remember to be happy because you never know who's falling in love with your smile. ~ Anon / JayDorfmanPhotography

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World view: the spirit of India, captured by Steve McCurry – in pictures

Crowds gather for the Kumbh Mela festival on pontoon bridges across the Ganges. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Hindu holy man at Kumbh Mela festival

A Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, smokes hashish inside his tent during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher festival, at Trimbakeshwar, India.

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Gallery of Kumbh Mela: A Temporary (But Not Instant) City for 2 Million - 6

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