A man jumps up and down in the water at Sangam during the Kumbh Mela. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the religious congregation on the banks of Sangam in Allahbad. Four times every 12 years pilgrims travel to wash themselves in sacred rivers, believing that it will cleanse them of sin and liberate them from the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

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Photograph: Kevin Frayer/AP