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India. Uttar Pradesh state. Allahabad. Maha Kumbh Mela. A group of women and various figures from hinduism, such as Shiva (L), the Demons (LC), Shiva (C) and the bull Nandi, inside the courtyard of a guru's ward. Shiva is a Hindu deity. He is "the Destroyer" or "the Transformer"  of the universe among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. Nandi is the name for the bull which serves as the mount (Sanskrit: Vahana) of the god Shiva and as the gate keeper of Shiva in Hindu mythology. 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. 17.02.13 © 2013 Didier Ruef