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Magh Mela festival observed in India

From Reuters, the Magh Mela festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of Hindu devotees take a holy dip in the waters of the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati.

Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP

Tents stand erected, set up as makeshift homes for Hindu devotees participating in the annual Magh Mela festival, on the banks of the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Feb. 3. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence in the hope of washing away their sins, during the month long festival.

Jitendra Prakash / Reuters

A Hindu devotee holds an earthen lamp in her palms as she prays to the sun god Surya after taking a holy dip on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya, the most auspicious day during the "Magh Mela" festival, at Sangam in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, Feb. 2, 2011.