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INDIA, Allahabad : An Indian Hindu Sadhu plays a traditional snake-shaped musical instrument at his camp during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad on February AFP PHOTO/Sanjay KANOJIA

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela: Indian Hindu holy men, or Sadhus, run into the water at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.

Kumbh Mela

A young newly initiated 'Naga Sadhu' sits after performing evening rituals at the Akhara camp during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.photo by AFP/SANJAY KANOJIA

Hindu devotees bathe in the waters of the holy Ganges river during the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak

Harvard’s next case study: The logistics and economics behind Kumbh Mela, the largest human gathering in history

Man at Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage held every three years, one of the biggest human gatherings on earth million).

At  Kumbh Mela - Bathing for purification  - Jan. 2013  - Allahabad, India

Man dressed as Hindu goddess Kali, participates in a religious procession in Allahabad, photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh

Kumbh Mela

Revered: Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus', Hindu holy men, perform rituals on the bank of the Ganga River during an Indian festival

India: Kumbh Mela celebrations (Epa)

India: Kumbh Mela celebrations (Epa)

South Asia/Indian subcontinent : Naga baba people

Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. It is considered to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world where around 100 million people were expected to visit during the Maha Kumbh Mela

NAga Sadhus by Ap Kevin Frayer     Maha Kumbh festival - Sangam ad Allahabad - India

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NAga Sadhus by Ap Kevin Frayer Maha Kumbh festival - Sangam ad Allahabad - India