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A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man wears a mask before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, amidst the spread of the coronavirus in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man wears a mask before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, amidst the spread of the coronavirus in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021....more

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man wears a mask before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, amidst the spread of the coronavirus in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A devotee reacts as a health worker collects a swab sample, on the banks of the Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

A devotee reacts as a health worker collects a swab sample, on the banks of the Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

A devotee reacts as a health worker collects a swab sample, on the banks of the Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, get ready to take a dip in the Ganges river during the second Shahi Snan at Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, get ready to take a dip in the Ganges river during the second Shahi Snan at Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, get ready to take a dip in the Ganges river during the second Shahi Snan at Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Devotees gather for an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Devotees gather for an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Devotees gather for an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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A devotee attends an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 10, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A devotee attends an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 10, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A devotee attends an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 10, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A Hindu priest performs evening prayer during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 10, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Hindu priest performs evening prayer during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 10, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Hindu priest performs evening prayer during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 10, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Devotees gather for an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Devotees gather for an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Devotees gather for an evening prayer on the banks of Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, participate in the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Devotees are seen on the banks of the Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Devotees are seen on the banks of the Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Devotees are seen on the banks of the Ganges river during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy man waits before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men wearing face masks wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men wearing face masks wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men wearing face masks wait before the procession for taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A police officer asks a devotee to leave after he took a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

A police officer asks a devotee to leave after he took a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

A police officer asks a devotee to leave after he took a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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A woman prays after taking a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

A woman prays after taking a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

A woman prays after taking a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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Devotees gather to take a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Devotees gather to take a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Devotees gather to take a holy dip in the waters of river Ganges during Kumbh Mela, or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, leave after taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, leave after taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men, leave after taking a dip in the Ganges river during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, in Haridwar, India, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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