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Male devotees hold long stripes of clothing used to wrap themselves... News PhotoAllahabad,Celebration,Clothing,Connection,Ganges River,Hinduism,Horizontal,India,Indian Subcontinent,Kumbh Mela,Pilgrim,Religion,Striped,Yamuna RiverPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMale devotees hold long stripes of clothing used to wrap themselves while bathing called Dhothis after they took a dip at the Sangham or confluence of the Yamuna and Ganges river at the Kumbh Mela celebration in Allahabad on January 13, 2013. Worshippers believe a dip in the holy waters cleanses them of their sins. The Kumbh Mela in northern India, starting January 13 and stretching over 55 days, attracts ash-covered holy men who run into the frigid waters, a smattering of international celebrities, as well as millions upon millions of ordinary Indians to Allahabad, at the confluence of the rivers Yamuna and Ganges. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)