India 2013 Allahabad. Maha Kumbh Mela

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India. Uttar Pradesh state. Allahabad. Maha Kumbh Mela. Inside the courtyard of a guru's ward, an Indian Hindu devotee bends and prays in front of a sculpture of Shiva and a monkey. Shiva (meaning "auspicious one") is a Hindu deity and is considered one of the Supreme God. A model of the Rama temple which will be built in Ayodha at a disputed site between hindus and muslims. A man is sleeping on the ground on straw. The Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela, which comes after 12 Purna Kumbh Mela, or 144 years, is always held at Allahabad. Uttar Pradesh (abbreviated U.P.) is a state located in northern India. 12.02.13 © 2013 Didier Ruef