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Sadhus or holy men carry a child adorned with marigold flowers on... News Photo 159467227Adornment,Adult,Allahabad,Carnation,Carrying,Child,Connection,Flower,Ganges River,Garland,Hinduism,Horizontal,India,Indian Subcontinent,Intricacy,Kumbh Mela,March,Marigold,Men,Praying,Religion,River,Sadhu,Shoulder,Spirituality,Yamuna RiverPhotographer AFPCollection: AFP 2013 AFPSadhus or holy men (L) carry a child adorned with marigold flowers on their shoulders as they all march towards the Sangham or the confluence of the the Yamuna and Ganges rivers during the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on January 14, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims led by naked, ash-covered holy men streamed into the sacred river Ganges on Monday at the start of the world's biggest religious festival. The Kumbh Mela in the Indian town of Allahabad will see up to 100 million worshippers gather over the next 55 days to take a ritual bath in the holy waters, believed to cleanse sins and bestow blessings. Before daybreak on Monday, a day chosen by astrologers as auspicious, hundreds of gurus, some brandishing swords and tridents, ran into the swirling and freezing waters for the first bath, signalling the start of events.AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIA (Photo credit should read Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)