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Fire on the water: an offering of light on the sacred Ganges

Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP

A Hindu devotee is reflected in the water as makes an oil lamp offering on the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, during an evening ritual on Sept. 9. The Ganges is sacred in Hinduism and the faithful believe that bathing the river can cleanse them of their sins and free them from the cycle of life and rebirth.