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An Indian Sadhu looks into the camera as he participates in the 'Magh Mela' festival at the 'Sangam,' the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna,and mythical Saraswati river, in Allahabad, India,  Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

An Indian Sadhu looks into the camera as he participates in the 'Magh Mela' festival at the "Sangam," the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna,and mythical Saraswati river, in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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  • A young Hindu devotee dressed as a God walks on the banks of the Ganges River to take a holy dip at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,  Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • A boatman waits for devotees at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the annual traditional fair called 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. The signboard reads: 'Muddy ground ahead, do not go ahead.' (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • An Indian Sadhu looks into the camera as he participates in the 'Magh Mela' festival at the 'Sangam,' the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna,and mythical Saraswati river, in Allahabad, India,  Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Light shines from a tent of devotees resting at the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Indians sort coins offered by devotees to the river, which they collected by using magnets, at 'Sangam,' the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna,and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,  Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Indian Hindu priest rotates a traditional oil lamp in circular movements as he performs evening rituals at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, during the annual month long Hindu religious fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take a bath at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as 'Magh Mela' hoping to rid themselves of their sins and attain prosperity. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Indian Hindu devotees arrive to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna, on 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,  Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu devotees cross a temporary pontoon bridge early morning at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu devotees perform evening rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,  Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • The shadow of a Hindu devotee combing his hair after a holy dip is selected on a tent at Sangam, the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna  during the annual traditional fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during this astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Thousands of Indian Hindu devotees gather to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, on 'Mauni Amavasya,' or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu pilgrims perform evening rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, during the annual traditional fair of 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Friday Jan. 24, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, attends the annual month-long Hindu religious fair of Magh Mela at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna river, in Allahabad, India,  Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • An Indian boy removes coins, offered by devotees to the river, fished out by using magnets at the 'Sangam,' the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna,and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,  Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 photo, people watch Indian daredevils perform stunts in the well of death at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, at the annual traditional fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Indian hindu devotees gather around bonfire at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 photo, Indian daredevils perform stunts in the well of death at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, at the annual traditional fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • A Hindu pilgrim kneels at the feet of a Guru, or religious teacher, at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 photo, a Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, attends the annual traditional fair "Magh Mela" at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu devotees walk early morning at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 28,  2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during this astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu pilgrims arrive on the eve of 'Mauni Amavasya,' an important bathing day at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers during the annual traditional fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during this astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindus serve blessed sweets during the annual month-long Hindu religious fair of Magh Mela at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna river, in Allahabad, India,  Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Indian security personnel stand guard on a bridge overlooking the resting site of pilgrims at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu devotees gather at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during this astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Thousands of Indian Hindu devotees gather to perform rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, the third and most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,  Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Indian Sadhus, or Hindu holy man participate in a community feast at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river during the annual month long Hindu religious fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu devotees wrapped in warm clothes queue up to receive charitable food on a cold cold morning at Sangam, the confluence of the Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair called 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • An Indian Sadhus, or Hindu holy man, rolls his beard as he attends the annual month-long Hindu religious fair of Magh Mela festival at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers, in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • An Indian stray dog pulls on a piece of clothing hung to dry at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna river, in Allahabad, India,  Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. The Sangam is an important pilgrimage site where devout Hindus take holy dips, believed to rid them of their sins.(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu pilgrims cook food outside their tents at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers during the annual traditional fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Jan. 29,  2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during this astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, performs evening rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • A pilgrim washes dishes by a pathway at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, during the annual traditional fair of 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,  Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu pilgrims arrive on the eve of 'Mauni Amavasya,' an important bathing day at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers during the annual traditional fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during this astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 photo, Indian artists perform 'Krishna Leela,' a folk play that reenacts important scenes from Hindu God Krishna's childhood, at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, at the annual traditional fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu devotees walk early morning at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 28,  2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during this astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Indian Hindu priests rotate traditional oil lamps as they perform evening rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 photo, a Hindu holy man stands at the gate to take a look at the dancing girls as they perform at a show at Sangam, the confluence of river Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • A devotee offers prayers as a man rests inside a tent at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the annual traditional fair called 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Hindu devotees, stand at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the annual traditional fair called 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • A Hindu devotee receives blessings of an elephant at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, during the annual month-long Hindu religious fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela that began Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • An Indian vendor woman waits for Hindu devotees to selling offering materials at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair of 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Indian Hindu devotees walk across a pontoon bridge at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna, on 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India,  Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • Light shines from a tent of devotees resting at the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati river, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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