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India. Uttar Pradesh state. Allahabad. Maha Kumbh Mela. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Various figures from hinduism, such as Lord Vishnu (L) riding a Garuda, Brhaspati (old man seated with white beard), Indra (young man seated with mustache) and the crocodile as the Demon. Vishnu is a male Hindu God. He is also known as Narayana or Hari. Vishnu is seen as the Supreme God (including his different avataras), venerated as the Supreme Being. The Garuda is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in Hindu mythology. Brhaspati (lord of prayer or devotion, often written as Brihaspati or Bruhaspati) also known as Deva-guru (guru of the gods), is a Hindu god and a Vedic deity. He is considered the personification of piety and religion, and the chief 'offerer of prayers and sacrifices to the gods, with whom he intercedes on behalf of humankind. He is also known as Ganapati. Indra is the leader of the Devas or gods and Lord of Svargaloka or heaven in the Hindu religion. ISKCON is a religious movement that also identifies itself as The Hare Krishna Movement. ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic and Hindu cultural traditions. It is based on the Bhagavad-gita, the spiritual teachings spoken by Lord Krishna who is revered as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 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. 10.02.13 © 2013 Didier Ruef