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Hindu holy women of the Juna Akhara sect participate in rituals that is believed to rid them of all ties in this life at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Hindu holy women of the Juna Akhara sect participate in rituals that is believed to rid them of all ties in this life at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) sit as they perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) gather as they perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) sit as they perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) sit as they perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) gather as they perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) sit as they perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) sit as they perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' (Hindu holy men) sit as they perform rituals on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh mela festival, in Allahabad on February 6, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Hindu pilgrims returning to their homes walk to the railway station after take holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu sadhus, or holy men, and other pilgrims at Sangam that dates back to at least medieval times. Pilgrims bathe in the river believing it cleanses them of their sins and ends their process of reincarnation. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Hindu pilgrims returning to their homes walk to the railway station after take holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu sadhus, or holy men, and other pilgrims at Sangam that dates back to at least medieval times. Pilgrims bathe in the river believing it cleanses them of their sins and ends their process of reincarnation. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Hindu devotees participate in a community feast at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu sadhus, or holy men, and other pilgrims at Sangam that dates back to at least medieval times. Pilgrims bathe in the river believing it cleanses them of their sins and ends their process of reincarnation. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Hindu devotees participate in a community feast at Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu sadhus, or holy men, and other pilgrims at Sangam that dates back to at least medieval times. Pilgrims bathe in the river believing it cleanses them of their sins and ends their process of reincarnation. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, leader of the "Kinnar Akhara", a monastic order of the transgender community meets with followers at the Kumbh Mela festival in Pragraj, India, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu holy men, and other pilgrims that dates back to at least medieval times. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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Foreign pilgrims perform a ritual at the Kumbh Mela festival in Pragraj, India, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu holy men, and other pilgrims that dates back to at least medieval times. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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Foreign pilgrims perform a ritual at the Kumbh Mela festival in Pragraj, India, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu holy men, and other pilgrims that dates back to at least medieval times. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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A naked Hindu holy man performs evening prayers at the Kumbh Mela festival in Pragraj, India, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu holy men, and other pilgrims that dates back to at least medieval times. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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A naked Hindu holy man blesses a pilgrim at the Kumbh Mela festival in Pragraj, India, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu holy men, and other pilgrims that dates back to at least medieval times. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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Foreign pilgrims perform a ritual at the Kumbh Mela festival in Pragraj, India, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu holy men, and other pilgrims that dates back to at least medieval times. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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A naked Hindu holy man smokes at the Kumbh Mela festival in Pragraj, India, Tuesday, Feb.5, 2019. The Kumbh Mela is a series of ritual baths by Hindu holy men, and other pilgrims that dates back to at least medieval times. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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Indian Hindu devotees wait to board on a train, as they prepare to return home the day after 'Mauni Amavasya' in Allahabad on February 5, 2019. - Mauni Amavasya is the most auspicious date for bathing during the Kumbh Mela festival. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian devotees wait on a platform for a train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees walk on railway tracks as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees sit outside a railway station as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees wait outside a railway station as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian devotees wait on a platform for a train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees wait to board on a train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees arrive to board on a train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees arrive to board on a train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees travel in the luggage compartment of an overcrowded train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees travel in the luggage compartment of an overcrowded train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees travel in the luggage compartment of an overcrowded train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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Indian Hindu devotees arrive to board on a train as they return home the day after "Mauni Amavasya", the most auspicious date for bathing, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad on February 5, 2019. - Some 55 million Hindu devotees plunged into holy waters to cleanse their sins and seek salvation over the busiest days of the world's largest religious gathering, officials said on February 5. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)

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TOPSHOT - This aerial handout photo taken on February 4, 2019 and released by the Uttar Pradesh Information and Public Relations Department shows Indian Hindu devotees taking a holy dip at Sangam -- the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers -- during the auspicious bathing day of 'Mauni Amavasya' at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. - State authorities in Uttar Pradesh are expecting 12 million visitors to descend on Allahabad for the centuries-old festival, which officially begins on January 15 and continues until early March. (Photo by Handout / Uttar Pradesh PR Dept. / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UTTAR PRADESH INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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TOPSHOT - This aerial handout photo taken on February 4, 2019 and released by the Uttar Pradesh Information and Public Relations Department shows Indian Hindu devotees taking a holy dip at Sangam -- the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers -- during the auspicious bathing day of 'Mauni Amavasya' at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. - State authorities in Uttar Pradesh are expecting 12 million visitors to descend on Allahabad for the centuries-old festival, which officially begins on January 15 and continues until early March. (Photo by Handout / Uttar Pradesh PR Dept. / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UTTAR PRADESH INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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TOPSHOT - This aerial handout photo taken on February 4, 2019 and released by the Uttar Pradesh Information and Public Relations Department shows Indian Hindu devotees taking a holy dip at Sangam -- the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers -- during the auspicious bathing day of 'Mauni Amavasya' at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. - State authorities in Uttar Pradesh are expecting 12 million visitors to descend on Allahabad for the centuries-old festival, which officially begins on January 15 and continues until early March. (Photo by Handout / Uttar Pradesh PR Dept. / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UTTAR PRADESH INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS