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January-February 2001, Allahabad, India — The Kumbh Mela of Allahabad takes place once every twelve years at the confluence of three holy rivers : the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical and invisible Sarasvati. Shankar Das, leader of the Udasin Akhara. — Image by © Frederic Soltan/Sygma/Corbis