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PostSubject: Re: "Kumbh Mela" (Pitcher Festival)   Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:12 pm


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.

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PostSubject: Re: "Kumbh Mela" (Pitcher Festival)   Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:20 pm


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 during the annual month long Hindu religious fair
'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

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PostSubject: Re: "Kumbh Mela" (Pitcher Festival)   Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:40 pm


A Hindu devotee holds an oil lamp and offers prayers to the Sun god after taking a holy dip at the Sangam, the confluence of the
Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, during the annual month long Hindu religious fair
'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

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PostSubject: KKKKKK   Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:06 pm


A Hindu holy man performs evening rituals at Sangam, the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna during the annual
traditional fair ' Magh Mela' in Allahabad, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

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PostSubject: Re: "Kumbh Mela" (Pitcher Festival)   Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:19 pm


A devout Hindu performs rituals 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.

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PostSubject: Re: "Kumbh Mela" (Pitcher Festival)   Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:27 pm

The Magh (Kumbh) Mela is one of the greatest annual religious affairs for Hindus. Hindu mythology considers the origin of the Magh Mela to be the beginning of the Universe. An important occasion, the Magh (Kumbh) Mela is held every year on the banks of Triveni Sangam (the confluence of the three great rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayag near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. In accordance with the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India, this holy fair is organised every year during the Hindu month of Magh (corresponding to mid January - mid February of the Gregorian calendar); hence the name. The Magh Mela is, however, not confined only to the month of Magh and the important bathing dates are spread over a period of 45 days. The Magh Mela is actually a smaller version of Kumbh Mela. Hence it is also known as mini Kumbh Mela.
Special Bathing Dates-2014
14 Jan Makar Sankranti
16 Jan Paush Purnima
30 Jan Mauni Amavasya
4 Feb Basant Panchami
14 Feb Maghi Purnima
27 Feb Maha Shivratri

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PostSubject: Re: "Kumbh Mela" (Pitcher Festival)   Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:51 pm


An Indian Hindu devotee offers prayer after taking a holy dip 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.

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PostSubject: Re: "Kumbh Mela" (Pitcher Festival)   Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:44 am


A Hindu pilgrim performs evening rituals at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, during
the annual traditional fair of "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India, Friday, Feb. 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.

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